Friday, 27 December 2019
Luke 11:53-54 As Jesus went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press Him hard and to provoke Him to speak about many things, lying in wait for Him, to catch Him in something He might say.
Jesus has just rebuked the Pharisees and told them a few home truths that they needed to hear. As a result, they are very hard on Him, trying to reverse His criticism by proving Him wrong in some way.
We should expect no less. When we speak out the word of God in truth, correctly applying it or sharing it with others, it is natural that the enemy should attack us as vigorously as his agents (the Pharisees and Scribes on that occasion) did to Jesus.
not be surprised, therefore, that the word of God is not always received with gladness and enthusiasm, particularly if given in correction. Let us strive to make sure that we receive it positively, for correction leads to repentance and repentance to forgiveness that we might be righteous and upright before God.