John 8:31-32

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So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

John 8:31–32, LSB

Many people are bound up in the lies they tell themselves, whether the lies make them feel good or bad about themselves. We live in a world that likes to believe that truth is relative and often rejects absolutes. “That may be what you believe, but I believe differently” is often bantered about. This doesn’t just happen in conversations with non-believers. It was true in Jesus’ day and continues on. Notice that Jesus was not saying this to those Jews who did not believe what He was teaching, but the response of the Jews who liked what Jesus was teaching is telling of the spirit. When we hear the Gospel being preached in its purity and are troubled by something that is said, it is important for us to humble our hearts and listen closely to what is being said. God may be breaking the bond of something in our hearts to free us in the truth of the Gospel. What our Lord Jesus has given us is not a truth, and there are not many truths within Scripture, but One Truth, and when we hear it and accept it, we are set free.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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