I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.— 1 John 5:13
After the 1912 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson made a trip to visit an aged aunt whom he hadn’t seen in a long time. The two sat and talked for a while before she asked, “So what are you doing these days, Woodrow?”
“I’ve just been elected president,” Wilson replied.
“That’s nice,” the aunt replied. “President of what?”
“Of the United States,” Wilson responded confidently.
The aunt gave an impatient laugh, “Don’t be silly!”
When it comes to what’s true, our opinion of the truth has little to do with its truthfulness. You can believe with all your heart that drinking poison will be good for you. But when you take a gulp, the truth will be laid bare no matter what you believed before.
This principle is especially applicable when it comes to the spiritual life. The reality is that either Jesus is who He said He was, or we are mistaken. There’s no middle ground.
Trust in Jesus not just because you feel it in your heart, but because you’re convinced He’s Lord by His death and resurrection. Be fully convinced in your faith and discover the real truth behind the emotions.
Pray and ask God to help you go beyond your emotions and confirm in your heart the truth of Jesus.
Questions for thought
Why do you think many people see faith as more of a feeling than an actual fact? What does that say about their faith?
How do you think the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection makes your faith different from other religions?