Spiritual Discipline: Promises

JOHN 13:36–38

Indirect communication bothers me. I don’t like it when someone hints at something instead of saying it straight. I don’t like it when a person acts as if everything in the relationship is fine when it is not. I definitely don’t like it when people tell me what I want to hear. Even though I don’t like indirect communication, I know that I fall prey to it as I struggle to speak graciously without offending others.

On the other hand, I sometimes have the opposite problem. I blurt out responses that may be full of truth, but not full of sensitivity and grace. I sometimes share information that a person is not ready to hear—the right thing said at the wrong time. Sometimes it is simply the wrong thing to say anytime.

Jesus Christ knows how to speak the truth in love. He is full of grace and truth. He knows just how much to say and just what we need to hear. Today Peter makes promises he can’t keep. Jesus refuses to let him live in his illusion.

DISCIPLINE

What promises or commitments have you made to God that you haven’t been able to keep? Examine your heart and write down what comes to mind. God, of course, knows your failures and is willing to take you on his terms of grace rather than on your weaknesses. Rest in his acceptance for a while and enjoy his grace.

written by Stephen D. Eyre and Jacalyn Eyre

Published by Intentional Faith

Devoted to a Faith that Thinks

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