What Jesus Did! 'The Truth' — Luke 3:19-20

Sunday, February 15, 2015

(John criticized Governor Herod. John criticized Herod for the bad thing he did with Herodias, the wife of Herod's brother. John also criticized Herod for the many other bad things Herod did. So Herod did another bad thing: He put John in jail. This was added to all the other bad things Herod did.)
— Luke 3:19-20 NLT
Illustration of Luke 3:19-20 NLT —  This was added to all the other bad things Herod did.

Key Thought

I've heard it said that our true character is revealed in what we do and who we are when no one is looking. For most of us that is probably true. However, there is another test of truth and truth-telling. Will we tell the truth to everyone, even those who have power over us and who don't want us to tell it? One of the stark reminders of Satan's reality in the world is the long line of martyrs for the cause of Jesus and the Kingdom. That line begins with John (Luke 9:9), who tells the truth to Herod just as he did to commoners. John teaches us integrity. Many others have followed his example. May God give us the grace to do the same if confronted with such a choice.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, please give me the courage and strength to speak truth regardless of the situation that confronts me. Help me speak the truth in love, but to speak the truth with conviction and clarity. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 12:8-12
  • Acts 4:8-20
  • 1 Peter 3:13-17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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