His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Standing up for Jesus


stand for Jesus

I once wrote a blog post called “Weird Catholic Rules,” about an experience my father went through when he converted to the Catholic Church. That post has received more views and comments than any other on this site. I don’t think it was well written, but I do think it was the provocative title that brought readers in.

In looking through some of the comments, many people strongly defended the practices of the Catholic Church. This morning, while praying and waiting for the coffee to open my foggy mind, I thought about how some people passionately defend their church. Then I wondered: do they as strongly defend Jesus?

Oops… I was starting to feel that familiar judgmental self, striving to be heard. Who am I to judge, for I too pass up chances to defend the truth of Jesus?

My point today is this: many of us should carefully consider where we give our trust. Do we trust church rules and traditions, or the truth of Jesus Christ? For what you trust is what you will defend. Stand up for the truth of the love of Jesus.

Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

6 thoughts on “Standing up for Jesus

  1. Reblogged this on suckmywake and commented:


  2. Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him – and He will direct your paths…


  3. Let the truth rule and reign! I think every Christian that reads this should be like … “Selah”. Traditions and rules are good because they keep order…but we must constantly beware that OUR order isn’t ABOVE what God desires for us. We never want the holy spirit’s fire to be quenched and smothered by rigidity. Indeed, the truth has set us free and we are free indeed, and although we practice them, we are not bound by traditions and rules that have the propensity to drown out the real love of Jesus. We should always stay “open” and be led into all truth by the Holy Spirit! #BlessedbyYourWords

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  4. I couldn’t agree more- living with eternity in mind, not church!


  5. Good point. Too much focus on the vessels and not living water they are filled with.


  6. Reblogged this on Being God's "Will" and commented:
    The focus should always be Jesus.


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