John 16:12-15Â – Trinity Sunday (or) the First Sunday following Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, May 26, 2013
â€œWhen the Spirit of truth comes, s/he will guide you into all the truthâ€¦â€ (John 16:13)
Jesusâ€”so said Johnâ€™s Gospelâ€”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According to my second-hand, hardbound, outdated Strongâ€™s Exhaustive Concordance, the word â€œtruthâ€ is used in the Bible (cautionâ€¦Strongâ€™s uses the King James Version) around 250 times. I apologize for the qualifying word â€œaround,â€ but Strongâ€™s print has gotten smaller as Iâ€™ve aged. An accurate count is a challenge.
Iâ€™m just telling the truth here. Remember, truth has a â€œuâ€ in the middle!
I could say, â€œTrust me.â€ Itâ€™s another word with â€œuâ€ in the middle, but the exhausting Strongâ€™s lists fewer Biblical variations of trust than truth, so trusting may not be as important as being truthful.
Thereâ€™s an inspiring, intimidating Sufi* saying (although a Facebook friendâ€”always a reliable sourceâ€”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, â€œIs it true?â€
At the second, ask, â€œIs it necessary?â€
At the third gate ask, â€œIs it kind?â€
Buddhist or Sufi, those three questions should cause me to keep my trap shut most of the time! Continue reading →