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Person of Jesus: Interactive Bible Study (Unit 2: Honesty-PDF)
Jesus shows us that without truth, our relationships lack definition and meaning. The gift of compassion must be accompanied by the gift of truth for there to be balance in a relationship.
Nothing captures Jesus’ honesty better than how he relates to people during meals. When a Pharisee invites him to dinner, Jesus tells the guests that they were motivated by pride in how they chose their seating. Then Jesus turns to the host and tells him that he has invited all the wrong people! Jesus’ behavior is stunning. What the world would be like if everyone spoke honestly like that?
Jesus’ honesty also helps us understand the disciples’ foibles. When we consider their behavior from the perspective of Jesus’ commitment to honesty, the disciples’ forthrightness stands out. Their childlike openness allows Jesus to enter into their lives and shape them.
Closely related to good honesty is good anger. When Jesus heals a man with a crippled hand in a synagogue, he labors to get the Pharisees to understand what this man’s world is like. But they are frozen in their self-righteousness. Jesus responds with pure, controlled anger. At the same time, Jesus is often quiet when we are quick to express our anger. His honesty is patient.
We also look at the problem of reconciliation. How do you balance compassion and honesty? The unit concludes by looking at Jesus’ teaching about relating to someone who will not reconcile with you—that is, an enemy.
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- Length: 88 pages
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- Published: 2006
Unit 2: Honesty
- 12. The Gift of Honesty
- 13. Living Without Masks
- 14. Good Anger
- 15. Good Irritation & Rage
- 16. A Time to Shut Up
- 17. Honesty Is Patient
- 18. Reconciliation
- 19. Love Your Enemies
- 20. Prudence
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