"Now that you've cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it." (1 Peter 1:22, The Message).
Truth Works. It always has and always will. It possess many unique powers -- one of them is the power to cleanse.
Truth can cleanse our minds from the garbage that has built up over the years, like graffiti in a subway system. Truth can cleanse our speech, by filling our vocabulary with noble and life-giving themes. Truth can cleanse our labors, removing vain imagination and selfish agendas from the efforts we put forth. Truth can cleanse our lives is so many wonderful and positive ways.
And, as a bonus, we discover that we are not alone. There is a vast and growing company of those who are Lovers of Truth in this world. Our love for the Truth knits us to them with a kindred bond stronger than blood.
And as we engage in meaningful dialogue and friendship with these Lovers of Truth, our souls become so strengthened and sustained that at length we realize that our very lives depend upon this sacred society.
Purpose in your heart that from this day forward you will be a Lover of Truth; that you will do nothing, nor speak nothing against the Truth -- or against those who love it.