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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 29, 2016

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MONDAY, August 29

John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

What is this truth of which Jesus speaks? Later in John’s Gospel, Pilate asks him this question, but Jesus doesn’t respond. Maybe the time and place was wrong for such an explanation. Or maybe Jesus knows there is no explanation.

You have to experience it for yourself: “You will know the truth.” Jesus doesn’t say, “You will know about the truth.” Rather, he says truth must be experienced firsthand.

How does one experience truth? Jesus says by sticking with his word—living out what he tells us. No magical formula, no hocus-pocus. Live out the gospel and set yourself free from all the entanglements, frets, worries, explanations, and considerations of this world.

Be truly his disciples and experience—know—the truth.

PRAY for the Diocese of Gahini (Rwanda)

Ps 25 * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6, 13-25; Acts 11:19-30; John 8:21-32

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