The only hope for humanity is mercy. This is becoming abundantly clear as fewer and fewer people are willing to simply talk to one another, and more and more people are simply shouting down one another. There is no mercy, and no seeking to understand another’s position. With mercy, the discourse that is experienced, especially on social media would improve. However, no one can hear the cry for mercy over the self-righteous shouts of sinners seeking salvation in doing, or saying, or being the right thing.
Our only hope is mercy. Mercy for our sins. Mercy form Jesus. Steadfast love is what we have from Jesus. He who was silent before those who tortured and killed Him was bearing our sin in His flesh, and giving to us an example. Jesus blood blots out our failings, and His life, a life born of the Spirit, found in the Word of God brings us mercy. A mercy that restores our humanity, and unites us by faith in Jesus. A mercy that brings to us the truth.
Of the three persons of the most holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit has most names. Jesus, of course has the most titles, but it is the Holy Spirit that is given the most names. Paraclete, the helper, wisdom, the Spirit of truth, among many others. These names give us a glimpse into who the Spirt is, and what he does. Chief among the works of the Holy Spirit is the proclamation of the truth.
Truth is difficult. As silly as that may sound, just go to the U of M, and find an average looking student, and ask them if 2+2=7. Make sure you tell them that you feel that this must be true, therefore it is true. They will have a hard time finding the words to tell say you are wrong, and 2+2 in fact = 4. Truth, we are told is a construct. In other words, truth is not objective, based on observable reality, but subjective, made in your own heart and mind.
This is not the view of the world God creates in us by the Word, by the Spirit of truth. Truth is from God, and reflects His very nature. He creates reality, and sets us in this reality that we may know the love He has for us in Jesus. That by faith in our Lord, we may be set free by the truth.