THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 9:37-45
“You unbelieving and perverse generation…” (Luke 9:41)
Yesterday I spoke about how we are saved to live and love like Jesus.
These words seem to challenge this: am I supposed to talk like this?
Am I expected, and permitted, to call out someone’s perversity?
First, in the context we see that Jesus doesn’t mean moral perversion.
The word for ‘perverse’ literally means to be ‘turned through’.
To be inside out, mixed up, confused, off the path, missing the mark.
Second, it is possible to speak these words with sincere love.
Our problem is that our corrupted love can’t say these words as lovingly.
Jesus asks how long He must put up with their mixed up lack of faith (v.41).
We know the answer; He put up with us to death, He stays with us for ever.
I am not yet able to say these words, but that doesn’t need to be my goal.
My challenge is to love sincerely, to ‘put up’ with people like He did!
My job is not to seek ‘hard words’ or ‘great miracles’, but ‘great love’.
As my love grows, God will lead me to speak and do ‘great things’.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, my harsh words usually comes from a mix of both sincere and selfish love. Help me to see that learning to love precedes speaking the truth in love!