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When is it Right to Tell People What They Don't Want to Hear?
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say,
In our generation and our culture, we're not used to hearing some of the things Jesus said. We have a stereotypical image of Jesus as a "nice guy" who spoke of peace, love and understanding. But today's passage challenges those assumptions.
In my distress I call to You, Lord,
and You answered me.
Deliver me, O Lord,
from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue.
My own lips are too prone to lying and deceit,
and it seems that all around me speak lies, serving their own interests.
What shall be given to you,
and what more shall be done to you,
you deceitful tongue?
A warrior's sharp arrows,
with glowing coals of the broom tree!
Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I had my dwelling
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace,
but when I speak, they are for war!
Lord, make me a man of peace in the midst of a world of conflict.
Lord, make me an ambassador of light in the midst of a world of darkness.
Lord, lead me home, where I will find peace with You.