“We must no longer be children, … blown about by every wind of doctrine … But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up … into Christ,”
~Ephesians 4:14, 15
When confronted by Nathan, David turns away from his sin and toward restoration. Jesus challenges the hungry crowds to settle not just for the next desperately needed meal, but for a “food that endures” and “gives life to the world.”
It is enough of a challenge for us in these times to speak the truth in love to others. Our families, our most intimate relationships are frayed and even facts are disputed. But for those of us who are looking for the courage to, like David, keep a steady gaze toward the sins of our past—doing the work, say, of anti-racism for a justice that endures for the life of the world, it may even be a greater challenge to speak the truth in love to ourselves.
Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Come to this one for forgiveness and hope and life.
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