Love is Kind, Not Nice

Originally from IHOP-KC blog, by lisagottshall:

God is love. God is kind, not nice. He would much rather offend us with tough truth now, so that we walk in the light, than see us destroyed in our delusion.

When Jesus speaks words that cut to our heart, He is usually speaking on a different level than the level at which we are hearing. We try to interpret His words based on what we see and know. He is speaking based on what He sees and knows.

Consider the rich young ruler who asked Jesus how he might be complete in righteousness. He was obeying the commandments of God, but he must have felt distance between his heart and Christ’s. Why else would he ask such a question? Scripture tells us that “looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him,” but His answer was devastating! “‘One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me,’” He said (Mk. 10:21).

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