“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever.” (John 14:15-16 CEB)
Jesus made an announcement that changed the lives of the disciples and the world, for that matter.
“I’m going away.”
“You’re what?!? We’ve only begun this ministry. We’ve left our careers and our families to follow you. What are we supposed to do when you’re gone?”
I imagine the disciples felt scared and confused. Their minds turned inside out. What now? What are we to do? Have we followed the wrong man?
Jesus regained their attention with a promise that he wouldn’t abandon them. He would send another Companion to be with them always. They’ll know this Spirit because they know Jesus. They know his commandments and they’ll continue following them because they love him.
Though the world won’t recognize the Spirit, the disciples will because they know Jesus. We recognize this Spirit because of our faith in Christ.
We desire truth today as much as the disciples in the first century. We seek it out in the Bible, through prayer and discernment. So, why the need to speak the truth at the top of our lungs, thrusting words at others like poison darts?
I’m tired of being yelled at. I’m tired of others with whom I disagree treating me as if I’m stupid. I want to rant and rail at them, shaking them to gain their attention so they’ll hear what I have to say. But that makes me no better than anyone else.
So, as I repent of my own sin, I come to some conclusions that just might remind me of those commandments of Jesus (you know, the one to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself.)
First, perhaps that loud voice is trying be heard because I’m shutting down and not acknowledging them. Instead, I could bring Christ’s listening presence to the conversation.
Second, that other point of view may be wrong (in my opinion) but there’s probably something in the argument that I need to prayerfully consider.
Third, and far more important than anything: Christ died for that other person, too.
And that final point puts me in a place where the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, can speak to me in calm whispers.
All glory and honor be to God.