The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” John 10:24 NIV
I appreciate comments and feedback on my writings. Karen Worley has helped with some editing and giving some great advice. I love to share stories and give some helpful incites for life. I enjoy crafting words and ideas to communicate new thoughts. But Karen’s words ring in my spirit at the end of each of these blog entries, “Have you clearly said in writing, what you wanted to say?”
“Tell us plainly” is a great reminder for us when we think about some of the important conversations we want to have in life. There are some conversations that we have thought about in our minds, but have not communicated with others. I can think of at least 3 phrases that should be included in our lives.
“I am sorry.” When was the last time those words fell from your lips? All relationships have situations occur in which we hurt another person. We should practice saying these words, for they are the doorway that opens good communication. You have the ability to open that door or keep it closed.
“Will you forgive me?” What is understood before this question is that you have already forgiven the other person if there are any open wounds. You are asking for forgiveness as a desire to have open relationship between the two of you. Forgiveness is an open highway over which you exchange life. Don’t let accidents remain on the road. Time doesn’t remove the debris, but forgiveness can. Forgive and seek forgiveness.
“I love you.” Communicate these words often enough that the rhythm becomes imprinted on the person’s heart. Don’t leave them guessing about your love. Communicate it plainly. Kids tell your parents. Siblings tell it to one another so that you can believe what you are saying. Parents model saying these words for and to your children. May your words and actions leave a legacy for you as being overly “loving”.
One more thought regarding today’s verse. Just because you say it plainly, does not mean that it will end with the desired results. Jesus clearly told them that He was the Messiah, but they still chose NOT to believe. You may ask for forgiveness and they choose not to forgive. You may say “I love you” and they don’t reciprocate. Just be consistent with your message and make it plain.
Blessings Love y’all