From: Kara Dodds
The introduction to the book of John told us that Jesus, “came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” We see an example of this in our scripture reading for today in John 8, which picks up a conversation Jesus had with the Jews. Jesus rebukes them for their unbelief marked by an unwillingness to hear his word, and calls them children of the devil.
“Why do you not understand what I say?” Jesus asks. And he answers, “It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.”
This morning, let us pause to consider the posture of our hearts toward God’s word. Certainly, I will gladly receive his word when it is one of comfort, hope or assurance. But when his word confronts, corrects and rebukes me, can I bear to hear it?
Lord, incline the hearts of your children to receive by faith your life-giving word.
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