Get RUDE!!

I don’t like rude people & I’d like to keep a wide berth from insensitive folk. But Jesus was rude & rude on more than one occasion. I think the pinnacle of Jesus’ rude behavior was when He cleaned out the temple on Holy Week. He overturned tables, made a whip & offended lots of important people with His house cleaning activities. More than a few people thought Jesus was rude & they didn’t appreciate His challenging words & behaviors.
I think that there are times when we get offended with Jesus as well. More to the point, our flesh objects to His gruff & confrontational behavior. And maybe that’s the point – either our flesh rules us or Jesus is our Lord, but we can’t have it both ways.
In this Holy Week, let’s allow the Holy Spirit to clean out the trash that our flesh accumulates in our souls so that Jesus’ resurrection life can wholly transform us. Indeed, the works of the flesh have to die to the resurrection life of Jesus!

a good and proper insult

“Use the crosswalk, you  *=^%@(>*%!!!!”

I had a lady yell at me the other day for not using the crosswalk and of course I had a few choice words and actions with which I immediately wanted to “bless” her – smile.  Ever been in the same situation?  Of course we all have and here’s the real rub, she was right.  She could use some diplomacy improvements, but despite her methods, her observation was 100% accurate.  It’s unfortunate that we often get too offended from correction & someone’s obvious lack of diplomacy to learn, grow and improve.  If a person is trying to hurt you & be mean, maybe the best way to get even with them is to respond is with grace, poise and humility and maybe even repentence, when its appropriate.  I guess Jesus said that we should turn the other cheek for a good reason ,)