Truth without sincerity is at the mercy of wickedness. Sincerity without truth wanders without direction, driven by personal desires of the moment. In the first case, we have a sad example in the Pharisees’ attack on Jesus.
Then the Pharisees went out and planned together to entrap him with his own words. They sent to him their disciples along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful, and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You do not court anyone’s favor because you show no partiality.
Matthew 22:15-16 NET
What they said was true, but they lacked sincerity. In this case, truth becomes an instrument of evil. Spiritual motivations are fundamental to the correct use of the truth.
The same abuse of truth is seen today, at times, among God’s people, when someone wants to grab power and wield influence.
In order that the truth might be liberating, a spiritual tool in the kingdom of God, we must repent of our ambitions and place each act and thought under the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The truth itself must be set free of our impure motives.