January 5. 2018

Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

-Matt 15:12-14 ESV


If Jesus were to speak to us the way He typically spoke in His own day, we would be continually offended and hurt. We live in a time, KYROS, when emotional offense and wounded-ness becomes THE criterion for deciding if we have LOVED, if love has been shown. If a person can claim to have been hurt by you, or what you say, it is assumed by many that you DID NOT act in love. Even in the church, love has become defined NOT by the quality of the act and its motives, BUT by the subjective response of others. THE WOUNDED HAS ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY, you are guilty.

Leader, JESUS did NOT allow this LIE to go unchallenged. LOVE is NOT defined by the response of the loved. A person can be genuinely loved and STILL feel hurt or offended or angered without, in any way, diminishing the beauty and value of the act of love that hurt them!

Conduit, the greatest act of love ever performed- ON THE CROSS- made some furious and some humble. Justification caused some to be broken, wounded, angered, enraged and cynical- Christ LOVED anyway! Today, LOVE ANYWAY, no matter how broken the loved or the LOVER! Amen!

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