Today’s Scripture: John 14:15-21
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
Besides being an advocate who will never leave us – we learn in this passage that the Holy Spirit leads into all truth. I don’t know about you, but I NEED this aspect of the Holy Spirit.
You see, we’re not really good at telling ourselves the truth. We’re also not really good at picking out the truth – we can get so overwhelmed with information that it can be difficult to know what’s real and what’s in our imaginations.
We tend to ignore facts and go with feelings. We tend to make mountains out of molehills. We tend to let one loud opinion trick us into believing “everyone thinks this”. This is where the Holy Spirit can come in.
Jesus tells us in this passage that the Holy Spirit leads into all truth. The Holy Spirit is a truth-teller and one who guides us to that truth! When we are feeling like we just don’t know what is happening – when we can’t discern what is real and what is our own overactive imagination – when we allow ourselves to believe the worst about a situation or a person – the Holy Spirit is there to lead us into all truth.
Try this. The next time your world seems confusing or you find yourself sinking down a hole of “everyone thinks this” – ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth. That’s what’s the Holy Spirit is there for! And I think we could all use some Holy Spirit truth in our lives.
Holy Spirit, life can get really crazy. Help us to see the truth instead of fiction. Help us to see truth instead of emotion. Help us to see truth instead of our own desires.