“One of the lawyers said to Him in reply, ‘Teacher, when you say this, you insult us too’” (Luke11:45).

Overhearing the harsh words Jesus spoke to the inquiring Pharisee (vs.37-42), a nearby lawyer considered it insulting to his profession as well. Such is the nature of truth, it rarely comes as a polite tap but, most often, a howling reproach to one’s present course. That his hearers wouldn’t miss the point, Jesus often used derogatory terms such as snakes, dogs, foxes, hypocrites, fouled tombs, and dirty dishes to describe those standing in opposition to the kingdom life he sought to proclaim. His affirmation is always for the repentant and never the defiant sinner. Because truth isn’t accommodating or compromising it can come across as insulting. It used to be called conviction, and provided the fuel necessary to seek out a change of course.

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