There's a popular notion that Jesus was a very nice man. He would never do or say anything that would hurt anyone; therefore, we should never do or say anything that would hurt anyone. Folks who subscribe to this notion don't know the Jesus of the Bible.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 23, Jesus goes off on the scribes and Pharisees. He pronounces woes on them, calling them "hypocrites, blind guides" and "blind fools." Not very nice, huh? But why did Jesus do this? Did He do it simply to embarrass or intimidate or deride them? Of course not.
Jesus told them the truth in order that they might repent and be healed. In other words, He said these things out of love. He could do no other. He knew that these people needed to hear the hard truth in order that they might see the error of their ways and repent. There may be times when we need to speak some hard truths to people who need to hear them. Let us always be sure that our true motive is not to hurt, but to bring about true healing.
Father, give us the courage to speak truth always. Even if our words may seem harsh, let our motives be pure and bring healing. Amen.
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