I think most of us will recognize these famous words that are used to begin the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776. The entire sentence reads: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
In our current political climate it is difficult to see these words honored and respected as patriots, but have you ever read these words and thought about their importance as we walk with Christ wearing His name as Christians?
They are even more powerful in that context.
There are so many passages in God’s Word that focus on truth. In fact, that is one definition of His Word: Truth! But as I read through the Sermon on the Mount, I see where Jesus reminds us of several truths:
Matthew 5:18 ~ I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Matthew 5:25-27 ~ Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 6:2 ~ So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
Matthew 6:5 ~ And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
Matthew 6:16 ~ When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
That is probably as much truth as we can handle for now!