John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV)
We were on a family vacation, headed toward Texas. There was a lot of road construction going on, and we were being detoured onto unfamiliar roads. We assumed we were halfway across Louisiana when a sign indicated we were headed toward New Orleans, the area where we had been an hour before.
We had two options: ignore the road sign and continue in the direction we were going, or admit we had made a mistake and ask for new directions. It was hard to admit we'd travelled an hour in the wrong direction, but the sooner we faced the truth, the sooner we'd be headed toward Texas, our destination.
Jesus told his listeners they were lost in sin and needed to find the truth and be set free. He had the truth that would set them free, to send them in the right direction, but they did not want to hear the truth. Instead they began to call Him names and accuse Him of things they knew were wrong in order to punish Him.
John 8:59 – At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. (NIV)
Do we tend to reject Jesus, the basis of all truth, when the truth hurts, rather than listening to the truth that will set us free from sin? Do we say things to others to hurt them as punishment for not seeing things our way?
Prayer: Lord, help us to admit when we are going in the wrong direction, and direct us in the right way so that we may live in Your truth and light and enjoy the freedom that comes from living Your way. Amen.
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