Another Serenity Prayer
"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."1
Truth. Perhaps the most powerful principle in the world. Without access to it there is no freedom, no deliverance, no inner healing, and no eternal life.
On the other hand, denial is one of the most destructive habits or sins we can commit. For instance, to the degree that I have not found freedom in any area of my life I am still in denial. There is some truth I am avoiding. Denial is a killer of close relationships, a destroyer of families and individual lives, and causes many and varied physical, emotional and spiritual ills.
I certainly don't agree with everything that M. Scott Peck says but I do agree with the following statement of his: "Emotional sickness is avoiding reality [truth] at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost." That's just rephrasing what Jesus said: "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
The following prayer by Billy Joe Vaughn sums it up very well in the suggested prayer for today:
"Dear God, grant me the ability to reject the things about me that are not true, the humility to accept the things that are, and the discernment to know the difference. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Jesus in John 8:32 (NIV).