In our devotion today my husband and I read the New Testament epistle 1 John. Written by one of the disciples of Jesus the letter is, of course, giving advice about spiritual matters.
However, in light of today’s constant barrage of information from cable news, newspaper and magazines, twitter and Facebook accounts, I find his advice very timely and practical for our daily life.
My dear friends don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you.
Oh, that we would all be careful and examine what we hear. I see many people on Facebook sharing something they see that expresses their own view on a subject and they post it on their wall without ever checking to see who the post was from and if it is accurate.
Then, sadly, people begin repeating things they heard or saw as if it were true.
Let us follow St John’s advice and check for facts behind what we see or hear.
Something my husband says a lot applies here too:
Be careful of listening to half-truths. You may have heard the wrong half.