You Can Handle The Truth

John 16:12-15  – Trinity Sunday (or) the First Sunday following Pentecost – for Sunday, May 26, 2013

“When the Spirit of truth comes, s/he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13)

"You can't handle the truth!"
“You can’t handle the truth!”

Jesus—so said John’s Gospel—spoke to his disciples about the Spirit of truth.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth . . .

According to my second-hand, hardbound, outdated Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the word “truth” is used in the Bible (caution…Strong’s uses the King James Version) around 250 times. I apologize for the qualifying word “around,” but Strong’s print has gotten smaller as I’ve aged. An accurate count is a challenge.

I’m just telling the truth here. Remember, truth has a “u” in the middle!

I could say, “Trust me.” It’s another word with “u” in the middle, but the exhausting Strong’s lists fewer Biblical variations of trust than truth, so trusting may not be as important as being truthful.

There’s an inspiring, intimidating Sufi* saying (although a Facebook friend—always a reliable source—informed me the saying originated with Buddhists*) that goes like this . . .

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.

At the first gate, ask yourself, “Is it true?”

At the second, ask, “Is it necessary?”

At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”

Buddhist or Sufi, those three questions should cause me to keep my trap shut most of the time! Continue reading →