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.
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.