Week beginning: 7th June, 2015

By John Scriven | Bath

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth."

Romans 8:14 KJV and John 16:13 NKJV

The word for the guiding of the Holy Spirit in John's gospel (above) has been likened to that used for a tour guide who is familiar with the territory. He can take us to places to which we would not, or could not, go ourselves. And, in the process, He can change us, so that we become a little more like Jesus in the sometimes complex situations in which we find ourselves.

We are imperfect in our reason as well as in our will. We live in an uncertain world and there is a seeming overload of information available to us. "TMI" (too much information) is a watchword in many a meeting. Personal feelings or prejudices can also get in the way of getting to the truth. When faced with an unfamiliar or unwelcome point of view, we may find ourselves only asking: "Do I agree?" and not also asking: "Is it true?". We may need guidance by the Spirit and from God's Word to get to the truth.

Just as we need the Spirit to understand God's word because we can be naturally blind to truth, let us use our Spirit-led Christian insights to show us truth in our legal practice. We can ask God to show us fresh perspectives on legal issues, great and small. And, when faced with new or challenging situations, we can pray that we will be guided by Him who is all truth and, when we ask, can give us wisdom.

So let us pray:

1. that we will be guided into the truth by the Spirit and the Word;

2. for humility to be open to what this teaches us; and

3. in our individual circumstances, for His wisdom and for the courage to act upon it.