08 August 2010

unconditionally witness

“Good news becomes bad news when it is announced without peace and joy. Anyone who proclaims the forgiving and healing love of Jesus with a bitter heart is a false witness.” That’s from today’s Daily Meditation from the Henri Nouwen Society.

Even if someone has their facts straight, that still doesn’t mean that they’re right! It’s possible to say, “Jesus loves you,” and make it sound like he hates your guts: probably because the one saying those words actually does. If we speak the truth without love, that’s saying more about us than anything else. We are bearing false witness to an idol.

“We are called to witness, always with our lives and sometimes with our words, to the great things God has done for us. But this witness must come from a heart that is willing to give without getting anything in return.” If that’s not our source, then we are in the way.

“The more we trust in God’s unconditional love for us, the more able we will be to proclaim the love of Jesus without any inner or outer conditions.” We won’t feel like Jesus needs us to defend him—or to add provisos to his love.

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