What to do when you discover you’re wrong

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. – John 16:13

A man awoke very early one morning to find a puddle of water in the middle of his king-size waterbed. In order to fix the puncture, he rolled the heavy mattress outside and filled it with more water to help him find the leak more quickly.

The enormous bag of water was impossible to control and began rolling downhill. He tried to stop it, but it went straight into a clump of thorny bushes, which poked it full of holes. Angry, the man threw out the waterbed frame and moved a standard bed into his room.

Hours later, he woke to find a puddle of water in the middle of the new bed. The upstairs bathroom had a leaky pipe.

Sometimes the most difficult thing to accept is when you’ve been wrong all along. That’s because all people have a natural tendency to defend their decisions at all costs. But when the time comes and you’re confronted with the truth, accepting it can be so hard.

This is why it’s so hard for many to accept Christ as their Savior. Because to do so would mean that everything they’ve believed in up to now – and maybe most everything they were taught – is wrong.

Be humble enough to admit what’s true when you’re faced with it, even if it means you’re wrong. It’s better to be late to the truth than to live in a lie!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to help you accept truth even when it conflicts with what you believe.

Questions for Thought

Think of a time when what you thought was right turned out to be wrong. How did it make you feel?

If we’re firmly convinced the gospel is the truth, then what is our responsibility to those who don’t believe it’s true?