The words of Jesus are not nice, and that is why the world rejects Jesus. That is why people do not want to follow Jesus. The words of Jesus pierce us, they cut us to pieces. Jesus guides His sheep, they listen to Him and they follow Him but His words to them are not always nice.
The words of Jesus bring us into the right relationship with Him, they make us humble and they bring us into the fear of God. Most Christian believers do not know Jesus and therefore they do not know His words. They do not recognize when He is speaking to them. They want Jesus to speak to them but they expect Him to be nice with them, to tell them nice things about themselves. They have the wrong expectation. The words of Jesus purify us, cleanse us, correct us, discipline us.
The discipline of Jesus is firm. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is exact. When Jesus speaks to us then we shrivel and we come under the fear of God, we realize own insignificance and His holiness, we realize that He is Lord and that we have to serve Him. We have to follow him His way. When Jesus disciplines us, when He puts sickness onto us, we cannot a shrug off His hand and say:” I did not feel it.” If Jesus puts you into a sickbed to speak to you, you can run to the doctor, you can take medication; it will not help, because when Jesus speaks to you you will hear, because you cannot shrug off the hand, and the discipline of Jesus Christ. He makes sure that He gets your attention.
The guidance of the Holy Spirit is exact, because Jesus requires obedience of us, utter obedience. We have to do exactly what He tells us to do. We cannot follow our own mind. If we follow Jesus we must submit ourselves to His guidance and to His discipline. We must fear Him and we must respect Him, and when He speaks to us we must humble ourselves and submit to Him, because He is God, He is Lord. Our God is a consuming fire and those who walk with Him walk with fire, they fear Him they respect Him and they love Him.
The kingdom of God is not about your feelings or your image, it is about Jesus Christ. It is about dying to self and living for Jesus. It is about obedience and the fear of God, to serve Him with awe and reverence, because He is an awesome God. Most believers do not recognize when Jesus is speaking to them because they do not expect Him to speak to them harshly, they say it’s the devil, but they do not recognize Him because they do not know Him.
When we follow Jesus, we live and walk under the fear of God, and we subject ourselves to the discipline of the Holy Spirit, we serve Him as Lord and Master.
May Jesus bless you.