Sunday Devotional: Love the truth

John 17:15-19
The Prayer of Jesus to the Father

“I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

Jesus prays in Garden of Gethsemane

Again and again, the Holy Scriptures warn us that sin and a heart hardened against God result in the opposite of truth — that of lies, deception, and a terrible spiritual blindness.

“…you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.” -Ezekiel 12:2

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers.” -2 Corinthians 4:4

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves . . . Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” -2 Timothy 3:1-2, 13

The result of spiritual blindness is all around us: An upside-down America where evil is called good, and good is called evil; where darkness is called light, and light is called darkness; and where bitter is called sweet, “and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

Upside down Manhattan skyline

There is a reason why an upside-down flag signifies America in distress:

upside down U.S. flag

So, seek and love what is true with a pure heart.

The truth is never wrong, because He is the Truth, and the Truth is Him.

I am the way

The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

May “your love . . . increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value” (Philippians 1:9-10), and may the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn

 

12 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Love the truth

  1. Dr. Eowyn, I am OVERWHELMED. I know—through my “defense mechanism” of putting everything through an “intellectual lens,” that we’re in a spiritual war. Yet I am OVERWHELMED.
    Jesus, Our Lord, is no dummy: He knows PRECISELY what we are up against, and He is Leading the Charge for our benefit.
    He HAS “overcome the World.”

    This I believe.

    But we’re all in the ring now, with Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Klitchko, take your pick. The VOLUME of the evil to overcome is OVERWHELMING.

    How much have I hardened my heart, then?
    Or am I getting hysterical and over-reacting?

    I have had a small number of spiritual experiences that, I realize now, God allowed. (I imagine to test my faith.) I need to get back on my feet NOW. Because I have felt, for most of my life, that I am struggling to regain my balance.
    I am coming to believe that Jesus Loves Me. But: I think that He is trying to “tear down this wall”—the wall of my “intellectual lens.” All Right, So Be It.

    How am I to react and behave?

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    • Sorry, Steven, help me out here because I don’t understand why you feel “overwhelmed” or “getting hysterical and over-reacting”?

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      • I cannot seem to transcend my problems. Also, I imagine I should be careful about what I admit to online. I am very lucky, but I cannot seem to take that Leap of Faith. I sometimes feel as if I am under demonic attack.

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        • “I cannot seem to take that Leap of Faith”

          I thought you believe?

          Steven, I will start praying for you, every day. (Just said the “Hail Mary” for you.) I suggest you keep a rosary with you in your cab, and pray while in between customers.

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          • Dr. E & Mom of 4: I believe, but it seems to me it is an “intellectual lens” thing only. In other words, I feel as if my heart is cut off from it. Maybe I am reacting to a world where, every time I did express any interest or defense for spiritual matters, I got smacked right down for it. I’d say this, after thinking about it for a couple of days: I DO believe, but I also have a strange self-consciousness about it. Well, I don’t recall Jesus ever saying anything about “self-consciousness,” but I DO recall Him saying plenty about HYPOCRISY. So I will pray on this more and read His Word.
            Thank you for your responses.

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        • Steven,
          I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems that you can’t seem to get around. Sometimes God leads us in directions that we don’t understand at the time, but later they’re made clear.
          My guess is you are exactly where God wants you to be and when He feels it’s time for you to change directions, He will give you a divine catalyst to move. There is something that God wants you to learn…He is the ultimate teacher after all. Patience is a virtue and opening your heart to Him during prayer will help you to be comforted during your trials.
          “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

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  2. Timely post, for sure. Even dealing with people at work who are psychotic, malignant narcissists, truly spiritual snakes. I’m 50, but have never run across such evil in the work place to this degree, up until now. Their blatant lies, constant and purposeful errors, chaos and drama centered on preserving their ego or satisfying their “blood lust”, is amazing. Management thinks they’re being fair by not firing these people (sympathy goes to the perpetrator, a very modern concept). Only those with eyes to see and ears to hear notice it, and we seem to be in a very small minority.

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  3. Love is Truth and Truth is Love; Jesus is Love and Truth….those who embrace Jesus embrace Love and Truth….many reject Jesus because they can not accept Love or Truth.
    God’s blessings to all who choose Truth and Love by embracing Jesus Christ. Amen.

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  4. What a wonderful Sunday lesson–I am struck with awe when reading . . . “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the Evil One.” Just to think that Christ loves you and I so much that he asked in supplication of his Father that we be given extra strength during our journey here on the Earth, that we might each overcome the Evil One.

    I am amazed as the Sundays roll by . . . one Sunday, I think, “Well, she will never be able to top this spiritual lesson–then the next Sunday comes, and I am proven wrong. God Bless you for your spiritual guidance to those of us who travel the Earth with you at this time. Your time and effort is so greatly appreciated!

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    • God bless you, dear Auntie LL. I am overcome by your generous and very encouraging words.

      In truth, when I wake up — very very early — on Sunday morning, I look up what the 3 readings at Mass are, and try to see if there’s a common theme or something about a reading that strikes me, all the while trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide me to write something intelligent. Voilà, c’est tout! 😀

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  5. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful and significant post. If we love the Truth, who is Our Lord Jesus Christ, then we can be Christians full of joy and hope.

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