Shouting + Hiding = ?

I was reading John 4, the story of Jesus meting and talking with a woman at the well of Sychar in Samaria. It made me think of the Christ who comes with a winnowing fork in his hand.

A winnowing fork needs a gentle breeze to separate wheat from chaff. You could not use a winnowing fork in a hurricane. The grain would be blown away with the chaff. Everything would be lost.

Truth and love encouraged the woman out of hiding, to own her whole story. Wheat and chaff were separated within her, and the seed of further fruitfulness planted. Harshness does not bring a hiding fearful soul into the light of truth. It makes it seems as though the safer and more sensible course of action would be to keep hiding….

God bless

Kenny

3 comments on “Shouting + Hiding = ?

  1. Angela says:

    This is spot on, thank you. I was reading an online article earlier today about overcoming shame.
    Apparently, it is fairly recently that psychologists have begun to research shame and its antidote, compassion. They say it’s opposite is pride ie a sense of achievement about good things our lives.
    Link here if you wish to include it for reinforcements for anyone recently subjected to harsh treatment, abuse or who still suffer effects from the past, around the shame issue:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-compassion-chronicles/201307/how-compassion-can-heal-shame-childhood

    My own strategies include acknowledging shame from the past; but not allowing my thoughts to brood on the shame since we are all forgiven when we come to God through Christ in true repentance; thinking on positive scriptures that assure me of my worth and value in God’s sight; pursuing activities that bring peace and a sense of achievement to counteract the harsh accusations and lies.

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  2. Lesley Mackwell says:

    Love this picture of gentlenesscretins me of water gently pouring and eventually making its way through an obstacle without leaving any debris !

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