Monday, October 12, 2015

Bromide (John 8.1-11)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “bromide.” Sometimes we tell people what they want to hear. In fact, I once asked my mentor why he never gave me any answers to my questions. He told me that even if the did give me an answer, it would not mean much unless I really believed it myself. So, he has spent the last 20 or so years helping me understand both what I want, and what I need to do. He never just said something without thinking about it first. Platitudes were never his thing. It reminds me of the way that Jesus talked to people. He pretty much got right to the point without making others feel inferior or unimportant.

But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” ~Jn. 8:9-11

My question is: what do people think about when you speak? Do they think of you as a person of your word… or of empty words? At times, I do not really understand what people are saying . I know that they are trying to communicate, but there is a disconnect. The cool thing about Jesus is that he knew how to connect with people. And in this instance, he saw something that even this lady did not know about her own life. My prayer is that you allow Jesus to speak into your life, and that you do not believe the bromides that others might try to attribute to your life. Jesus knows you intimately. That is why he is able to tell you stuff that you otherwise would not want to hear. Allow him to change you from within.

Praying for you,


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