“Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.” (Luke 9:57)
Jesus always knew what was in someone’s heart. And to this man Jesus spoke a word that must have been discouraging. It was just not nice.
Do we know for certain that God is love? The Bible declares that clearly. But does the Bible say that God is always nice.
Was it nice to send a flood to the world? No, but it was loving. Was it nice to discourage some from following Him? No, but it was loving. Can we say the prospect of hell is Nice? Absolutely not. But it is God’s just love.
The words of Jesus are often very hard and penetrating. As Oswald Chambers said, ‘Jesus Christ has no tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a man in the service of God. ” He said, “The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend.”
Never interfere with the offense of the Gospel. Never interfere with the loving discipline of God in someone’s life. The sentimental trite of “be nice” has paralyzed the church in compromise.