Take Another Look – DAY 20

From time to time I find myself bogged down in what is a completely justified and understandable conversation. Justified by the disappointment or misunderstanding around circumstances or people, such conversations only reinforce a negative view. They don’t help anything or anyone, save the fostering of my flesh. It normally happens in the quiet solitude of a one-on-one situation.

This scenario is reflected in Luke 24 with two disciplines leaving Jerusalem on the road to Emmaus following the crucifixion. Jesus arrested their conversation in an act of verbal redemption.

And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”’(Luke 24:17 NKJV)

Jesus asked them to step back and look again at the way they spoke. It is easy for the negative interpretation of circumstances to shape our conversations towards defeat. The result was:

• Their emotions were ruling them – they felt sad.
• They didn’t recognise Jesus in their presence – they were spiritually dull.
• They were heading away from Jerusalem –they had lost their passion for the house of God.

Jesus redirects their conversation via what would have been an intriguing bible study showing Himself in Old Testament prophecies of hope. Their conversation changes and their hearts started to strengthen however they didn’t understand this until later. In the end they head back to the work to which they had been called.

Look again at the conversations you give yourself permission to have. Is it a conversation that Jesus could enter without having to redeem?

TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at your conversations.