What Jesus Did! 'Courage to Tell the Truth' — Mark 6:17-20

Friday, April 12, 2024

For Herod had sent soldiers to arrest and imprison John as a favor to Herodias. She had been his brother Philip's wife, but Herod had married her. John had been telling Herod, "It is against God's law for you to marry your brother's wife." So Herodias bore a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But without Herod's approval she was powerless, for Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him. Herod was greatly disturbed whenever he talked with John, but even so, he liked to listen to him.
— Mark 6:17-20 NLT

Key Thought

Unfortunately, over the years, way too many of Jesus' followers have lost their courage to tell the truth and have become puppets of political correctness — either the "correctness" of the popular culture or of the religious culture in which they found themselves. John spoke the truth. He spoke the same truth no matter the power of the person listening to his message and the potential danger he might encounter for his proclamation. I cannot think of many things more needed in our time than this kind of courage.

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, give all of us the courage as Christian witnesses to tell your truth in love no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves and regardless of the consequences we may encounter for declaring your message. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-19
  • Galatians 1:10
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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