November 21

John 18:36-37

“Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’” vs. 37b

It would appear that truth has become a rare commodity in the climate of our culture and our times. Of course people still talk about the truth and say that they value it, but there is little agreement about what it is. In general it appears that truth has become relative–it changes to fit the whims and fancies of individuals. As a result, lying has become commonplace–we’ve learned not to believe anything that our leaders say. All of this is so contrary to the mission of Jesus. John tells us that Jesus came into the world to testify to the truth, and if believers want to be children of the truth they should pay attention to what he has said. There is great wisdom in what John says. Truth does make a difference, and truth-telling is a measure of a person’s integrity. It’s sad when we can’t believe what we read or see in the media, but we don’t have to adopt those standards for ourselves, or believe that we have been set free to say whatever we please or whatever is expedient. Truth matters! It always has and it always will! Those who walk in the Way of Jesus will take care to be certain that their speech reeks with integrity! It’s the only way out of the mess that we are in!

Thought for the Day: Why do people believe lies?

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