Jesus spoke some very, very strong (jarring, hurtful) words to people. He was not harsh in spirit, but we cannot deny - and must absolutely learn from - those words of Christ that are actually hard to hear.
One example of this was when he was approached by the 'Canaanite Woman', bringing to Jesus her 'demon-possessed daughter'. We are told that as she cried out for 'mercy', Jesus ignored her. Yes, he stone-walled her. If you do not believe me, read Matthew 15:21-28.
When this woman persisted with Jesus, he said, 'It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs.' (vs. 26) This woman did not shrink back. She did not take offense. She leaned in, persisted further, even contradicted him: 'Yes, it is Lord. For even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children's table.' (vs. 27)
Jesus commended her 'great faith', and healed her daughter.
Do you 'take offense' at Jesus - at his presence, at his absence, at his words, at his silence? I do. Often. I wonder what I miss out on for this lack of faith and perseverance...
Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)