Not be offended (stumble). 

John 16:1,12-13 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. [12] I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. [13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. [33] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I appreciate Jesus’ upfrontness and honesty with His men. His desire was that, when He was gone, they would continue to stand, and not stumble when things go wrong. And therefore, He told them of hard things to come. Things wouldn’t always be rosy and happy. Tribulation would come. Persecution would come. Heartache would come.  And when it did, He wanted them to remember that He had told them it would. He’s also wise in this regard, in that there were some things He didn’t think they were ready for, and held them back from telling them. But at the end of it, He says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He said “through it all, realize that I have overcome the world, and because you are in me, you can have peace, and be an overcomer as well.” 

This is great learning both as we work with people – to apply these principles of teaching that Christ did as we disciple, and also for us, as we go through this life, to remember what He said. Thank the Lord that we serve a God Who has and will overcome, and through Whom, no matter what Happens today, we’ll be more than conquerors. 

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