DayBreaks for 7/22/14 – Blinding Ourselves
John 7:25-27 (NLT) Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? But here he is, speaking in public, and they say nothing to him. Could our leaders possibly believe that he is the Messiah? But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.
The power of human tradition and “wisdom” is on display here. Scripture doesn’t say that no one would know where the Messiah would come from. In fact, it explicitly predicted his birth in Bethlehem, the city of David. Yet the people were blinded by what people had told them.
There is tremendous power in human words and human thoughts. They can blind and deceive us, or they can lead us to greater truth and insight. We must be careful with them – especially when we speak of eternal matters that can affect eternal destinies.
Jesus never, ever, pulled punches. He delivered the truth with straight face and direct words. I, for one, do not like confrontation. I often will go to great (and sometimes inappropriate) lengths to avoid it. Or, when it becomes unavoidable, I will dissemble and try to find a circuitous route that is less direct and hopefully less offensive. That can, at times, be a good thing. But I suspect that more often than not, especially in our 21st century American culture, we tend to soft-peddle the truth when we believe it will be painful for the recipients to hear. To those we love who are considering shacking-up with a significant other, we may be tempted to say “It’s okay to live with your boyfriend/girlfriend as long as you truly love one another” rather than speaking the truth of God’s Word in love and helping them see that they have chosen their feelings for the person over obedience to God – a form of idolatry. Or, we conveniently talk about little white lies and excuse the behavior of others and ourselves in doing so. We have seemingly thrown out the idea of a call to repentance. When we water down the truth we water down the response that is needed to get right with God again. And we need to remember that though we may water it down, God doesn’t. Never has, never will.
Speak the truth. But speak it with love. And lives will be changed by the truth because it is the only thing that will set people free.
PRAYER: Your love and forgiveness are incomprehensible, Lord Jesus. We are ashamed for the many times we have spit in your face through our actions and words! Thank you for bearing our shame to the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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