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Proverbs 29:5Those who flatter their neighbors
are spreading nets for their feet.
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
Are we all a little bit like the Janus character from Roman mythology? The primary characteristic of Janus was his duality. War and peace, beginnings and endings, etc. Do we bless with our faces and demeanors and then turn around and curse in our hearts? The genuineness of Jesus is displayed in sharp contrast to this oh so human characteristic. His love overarches any sort of revulsion or negativity toward us.
You might say wait, didn’t he insult and mock the scribes and Pharisees? Didn’t he play the Pharisees and Sadducees off against one another? Wasn’t he dismissive of the Roman rulers?
Not at all. He spoke to them as a father would a child. Sometimes cajoling them with sharp rebuke, sometimes walking away from their tantrums, always mindful of the potential for their redemption. If you have any familiarity at all with the Gospels try to look at them through the filter of Fatherly love and see that Jesus is always full of hope, always ready to forgive always waiting as the loving Father waiting in hope for His son’s return.
Maybe you have a child or friend or spouse you’ve been praying for. Don’t lose hope. Jesus never will.