Re-read the Gospels and focus on the words printed in red. Notice how often Jesus stood as an interruption to everything that came between his hearers and the Kingdom of God.

Jesus constantly provoked, unsettled, undermined, and challenged those he was with.

Jesus loved them enough to affront and assail that which would do them harm—even when they cherished it as good, nice, or comfortable. He loved the rich young ruler enough to spell out exactly what it would take for him to inherit eternal life. [Mark 10:21]

Love motivated Jesus to challenge him.

Love— not for himself, his comfort, or his reputation— but love for the other moved Christ to risk offense.


–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at

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