40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 36 – Passion Week


21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”  23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”  (Matthew 16:21-23)


What a blessing it was yesterday to reflect on the fact that Jesus cares.  Sincere thanks for the comments and verses that confirmed the fact that the compassion that Jesus displays, provides tremendous comfort in the face of challenges.

Today we examine another quality of Jesus exhibited in the days leading up to his death and resurrection.  If you are like me this quality will probably strike you as less endearing than the quality we considered yesterday but it is extremely important. Often when we are in the pressure cooker of challenges people tell us what they think we want to hear, not what we should hear.  The passage above shows that Jesus knows us and he is straight with us.   He always provides relevant and honest feedback.

As was the case with the quality we considered yesterday, there are many other passages that demonstrate Jesus’ ability to read people and tell them what they need to hear.  Please reflect on the passage above and other similar passages you can recall and answer the question below.

Today’s Questions:

Jesus is the master of speaking the truth in love!  As you consider challenges you or your loved ones may face, what assurance do you take from the fact that Jesus knows you and will always be straight with you?

Note: If you have the time, research and consider other circumstances where Jesus displayed this quality of seeing right through an individual and telling them what they needed to hear.

4 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 36 – Passion Week

  1. Matthew 22:18
    But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
    Luke 16:15
    And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

    Just yesterday my daughter shared with me an incident between her and a classmate. She was asked by the classmate for help with measurements in a lab class. My daughter helped, but was later told by the girl that her help was wrong. My daughter checked with someone else ’cause she was pretty sure she was correct. Well she was correct but the person she’d helped blamed her. My daughter said, she was going to vindicate herself with the girl when the Holy Spirit told her don’t, leave it alone. This was hard for her ’cause her track record of being right and producing good work was in question. However the Lord has been dealing with her (before this incident) about relinquishing to him her control of her perfectionism especially where her work is concerned and allow Him to be in control.
    The ones who truly cares and loves you will hold a clean mirror for you to see the truth instead of sugar coating it.

  2. Ha ha must be contagious these children who think they are always right.
    I am having the same issue with a daughter too.
    I try to tell her the truth but it takes courage as the truth hurts.
    It is easier to “sugar coat” as you mentioned but in the long run the truth no matter how it hurts is better I think.

  3. For me, one of the classic commentaries on How much Jesus knows us and how skilled he is at revealing things about ourselves, was made by a Samaritan woman. John 4 captures the story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well. Fast forward towards the end of the story and you see a quote in verse 29 that says it all. “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.”

    If we will only spend enough quality time with Jesus he will hold the mirror up for us as well.

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