Just trying to be nice

As I began working on this Sunday’s sermon, I thought about some of the reactions to Jesus’ ministry, especially in John 8. Jesus didn’t try to draw attention to himself. He didn’t come telling people what to do. He was just trying to be nice. He just came to help. To heal, to teach, and to connect. In response, people jumped all over him. “Who do you think you are? You can’t do that!” And all he wanted to do was help. He came looking for those who had gotten lost and instead found people who wanted him to get lost.

Why would you do that? Why do we do that? Why do we turn people away who are just trying to be nice or helpful? If I could figure that out, I’d understand better why we sometimes jump all over God and chase him away.

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One thought on “Just trying to be nice

  1. I always hear the addage–If he brings you to it —He will bring you through it. –That just doesn’t ring true. It should be… If you get your self into it —he will be there to help you through it.—-He is always there if we just open ourselfs to his presence. We allow bitterness and apprehension to close our eyes and hearts to his constant prescence. “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass….it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”….
    Although your sermon on 5/23 was prepared sometime prior to your visit to our home, it was exactly what we discussed and had conversation about. My wife and I were just in awe of how it applied to the situation we were experiencing! Thank you Pastor Bill and thank you JESUS for reinforcing the message that was given to us on those two occasions. GOD IS GREAT and MIGHTY!! AMEN

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