Don’t let hard sayings offend you!
Have you ever heard something from someone that you know loved and cared for you but you found what they said hard to receive? Or have you heard something that you know was right but difficult to swallow?
Lets have a look at this scripture:
John 6: 53- 61
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Why did many disciples stop following Jesus? One answer is found in verse 60. They were not able to receive what the Lord said. They saw it as a hard saying.
The Lord loves us, and whenever He speaks to us through whatever vessel we should receive it. If we are finding it difficult to receive it is simply because we cannot see what He sees.
Anything the Lord requires of us or corrects us for is for our own good.
Sometimes we need to ask for grace to receive and walk in the reality of some things. Can you image someone turning back as a disciple of our Lord simply because of lack of understanding?
Having said that, sometimes these wrong attitudes have deeper meaning to them, they can reveal a heart problem.
Many have left churches, cut off from ministries because they found it difficult to receive some truths.
If we truly love the Lord, we will always ask for grace to see what He sees.
Have you ever looked back at your life and thought ‘ l can now see what that person was trying to get across to me 10 years ago’. We are all in the process of learning.
Let us not get offended at others that truly love us just because we don’t understand. Lets just ask for grace to receive and learn and adjust the attitudes of our hearts.