Have you ever opened the refrigerator door and found a disgusting smell? Then you searched through everything until you found a small container of chicken or broccoli hiding way in the back. Until you clean it out, you will be overcome by the stench. Life can be like that, too. As children we see the world through literal glasses. When a child hears the classic Christian song, Gladly the Cross I’d Bear, he or she pictures Gladly, the cross-eyed bear. We tend to interpret present events in light of past experiences, even from early childhood, the time in our lives when we were developing our core beliefs. Some have a pleasant aroma, but some are nauseous. Too often the facts don’t change these sometimes stinking beliefs, because they are not only in the mind, they are also in the spirit.
In Ephesians 4:23-24 NKJ, the Bible says, “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, … that you may put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Verse 25 demonstrates the importance of truth: “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth to his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.”