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July 31, 2017, 10:17 AM

Jesus was Really Nice.


Understatement of the year: Jesus was a really nice guy. 

And while that sounds so......simplistic, there is a high value to the concept. Jesus was nice. There were times, yes, where he was aggressive and firm with a lesson. But for the most part (99% of the time) he was kind. Children want to come see him, with all their wiggles and short attention spans: he welcomed them kindly. In fact, he was so kind to them that he turned it around on his disciples for pushing the kids away. Have a disease that separates you from everyone?  Jesus reached out to you kindly. Do you work for Rome? Jesus not only will heal your servants, he will profess to the crowds around about the amazing level of your faith!! 

Jesus was kind... to everyone who could not repay his kindness. Those that knew better were treated a little less kindly. When you get the time this week in Bible study, spend time in the Gospel of John and rediscover the powerful displays of Grace by Jesus. Almost every time, we could excuse anyone for being testy, short, or impatient. And yet every time, Jesus is kind and nice despite circumstance. My favorite t-shirt logo I've seen in recent history is this: "I'm sorry for things I said when I was hungry."  

In John 4, Jesus was very tired and very hungry. And yet he is filled with Grace and kindness towards a woman who could neither reciprocate or even justify talking to him in the first place. 

A closing thought to this quick hit blog: You're never too important or busy to be nice. If anyone could claim that, it is Jesus. "I'm sorry, I'm too busy making sure your path to salvation is complete."  OR: "I'm sorry, but my time is way too short to spend time with your child, your lepers, or your sick and dying servants... after all, you're not Jewish."  Never, ever did Jesus withhold compassion, grace, and kindness. What ground do we have to stand on when we withhold any of it? 

John 4: 4 - 10   4He had to go through Samaria on the way.5Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.6Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.7Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”8He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


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