The words of eternal life...
Are the words of eternal life enough to keep us from turning away? Is it enough to know the truths of the Lord, no matter the offense?
I can say with assurance that if the Lord is drawing any of us closer to Him there will come offense to our nature and old ways of thinking. This comes from His ways and His thoughts being so much higher than ours. We have to come to a place of surrender and trust right at the front or we could end up like all the ones in John 6:66, "from that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
~ Is it enough? ~
Is He enough? Are the words of eternal life enough even when they are offensive? Or do we take offense and close ourselves off to going any further with the Lord?
The light of God's truth can be, and in most cases is, offensive, and yet at the same time He offers His grace, mercy, kindness, and love to cover our sin or fault, but He doesn't offer this extension of grace as a means to "go and continue" in our sin, but as a means to "go and sin no more." Praise God for this offer of such love and mercy, and Praise God for the ability to escape a life of sin and fault.
Is He enough? I encourage you to read the whole chapter of John 6 to gain more insight into this subject and get a glimpse of the love and mercy offered to all those who would believe and follow. Sadly, most in this chapter turned away from Him. Those who stayed with Him still seemed somewhat overwhelmed with His leading, and yet they stayed with Him...beyond their understanding... and trusted Him more than themselves.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
"Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:7
Can He be enough when the offenses come? When the offenses come within our own understanding...Is He enough?
When the offenses come through others because they don't understand the truths by which you live...Is He enough?
He is enough and He always will be. With Paul we can say, "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." Philippians 3:7-8
~ That I may win Christ ~
Isn't that our goal?
To win Christ.