But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come.
Do you consider yourself to be a truthful person? Probably, the vast majority of you who are reading this would answer "yes".
So, would I.
At least, I strive to be truthful. With others. With myself.
Recently, though, I receive a beautiful story from a dear friend via e-mail.
It tells the reason why the cloth which was paced upon Jesus' face in the tomb is found neatly folded when His empty tomb is entered. In Jesus' time, the story goes, if a master balled up his napkin and threw it on the table, that signaled his slave to clear the table. However, if the master folded it beside his plate and left the table, it meant he had not finished eating. He would return momentarily.
So, the tale concludes, this was Jesus' way of telling us He will return one day.
What a lovely sentiment!
But, it's not true.
And, I do not find this out until after I have forwarded this message to several friends, including my husband, Danny.
Who decides to do a little research . . .
Yep, it's a hoax. No such tradition ever existed.
Boy, do I have egg on my face!
And, I feel badly for my friend, too, who sent this lovingly in faith and trust.
Living in the land of information-overload, it is becoming more and more difficult to discern fact from fiction. Truth from lies.
We can become skeptical. Jaded even.
If we let it get to us.
But, if we remember that the Holy Spirit will guide us in truth when we allow Him to take the reins, we have hope.
Hope that He will lead us in all goodness to see God's truth.
And, not be misled by what the world would have us believe.
Have you ever been fooled into thinking something was true when it wasn't?
Will you pray with me?
Give to us through Your Holy Spirit, Father, discerning hearts and minds. Let us see Your truth revealed. May we walk securely in the knowledge that You will lead us down truthful paths for Your righteousness sake. Amen.
Psalms 16, 17 or 134, 135
1 Peter 3:13-4:6