To Tell the Truth

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 1:40-45

But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word … (v. 45)

I see a smorgasbord of speakers telling what has transformed their lives. Bookstore shelves are lined with testimonials about life changes, alongside audio recordings sharing how some plan or purpose has brought freedom from bondage. We feel compelled to talk about what has impacted our lives.

Perhaps that is why the leper found it so difficult to keep quiet. Accustomed to being shunned and despised, he finds tenderness when he encounters Christ. Though the leper is diseased and unclean, the pure hands of the powerful Savior readily touch him. His heart must have been filled not only with the wonder of his physical healing, but also the joy of being treasured by Jesus. And Luke 6:45 tells us “it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”

So what have you been talking about lately? The truth of what you consider your “good news” will come out in discussions with friends or family. If stories about the impact of God’s truth in your life aren’t seeping out in your daily discourse, perhaps you need to approach the Lord as the leper did. Ask for God’s power to work in your life, and the news of his transforming truth will naturally overflow.

PRAYER

Lord, reveal your life-changing truth in both my heart and words.