Struck today by these words of our Lord from Luke's gospel (chapter 11-12):
"Woe to you" - many times
"Woe to you lawyers" - 2 times
"You are full of greed and wickedness."
I love the gentle words of Jesus.
These words, however, are also His.
The fact that He frequently spoke both kinds, authenticates all his words to be that of truthfulness.
He is not to be seen as a benevolent mystic...but one who can hug as well as pierce with His words. He is the truth.
He who only speaks one or the other has either gone soft mentally, or become caustic emotionally.
We need the balance of truth and love, grace and consequences, friend and fool.
Help us Lord, to recieve the truth, all of it
....and to be passionate and authentic enough to speak the truth to others.