Can you imagine Jesus shooing a leper or shaming a prostitute? After all, He sacrificed His life not just for frazzled single parents but also coldhearted child abusers and crooked criminals. So how could anybody who insists they love Jesus turn around and shatter our soul with cruel words (Job 19:2)?
Since Jesus often used the example of planting, harvesting, and pruning, these concrete examples can help us better understand the process of spiritual growth. Like the small, planted seed, our growth is slow and ongoing.