When we read a statement like that we cannot help but come to the conclusion that our world is governed by very much the opposite set of principles: “Truth if possible, but peace, at any cost!”
Although it is desirable to live peaceably with people around us and should be pursued sadly it is not always possible. Almost all of the time the reason for this is pride! Whether it is a matter between Nations or individuals, pride usually causes the barrier that prevents peaceable conditions. However when we arrive at the subject of truth; this is to be strived for no matter how great the cost. This tells us just how valuable the truth is. Truth, you see comes with a heavy price tag!
Now, we’re not thinking in monetary terms; for one must give something that far exceeds monetary value in order to acquire truth! Some have to part with friends for the truth. Some have to leave a lifestyle behind for the truth. Others, in extreme circumstances have had to offer their very lives in exchange for the truth.
Why is it in God’s estimation that the truth is more costly than peace? After all, peace is something that all can instantly benefit from because of its obvious presence. Perhaps the Scripture will enlighten us when the Lord Jesus tells us that He is the truth: