Thursday, January 16, 2014

don't shoot the messenger!

"Shooting the messenger" is a phrase used to describe the act of lashing out at the (blameless) bearer of bad news.
One definition of shooting the messenger says that in earlier times, messages were usually delivered in person by a human messenger. Sometimes, as in war, for example, the messenger was sent from the enemy camp. An easily provoked combatant receiving such a proposal could more easily vent anger (or otherwise retaliate) on the deliverer of the unpopular message than on its author.

It is the messenger who suffers the consequences of the delivered bad news, not the author who sent the original message!

God has always chosen humans (that know Him) to be His messengers too!  Sometimes He sends encouragement and sometimes corrective messages, but always through love, for our sake.  I think this is a neat scrippy that reveals God sending a message.  

Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, I am with you, says the Lord  Haggai 1:13 AMP

Please permit me to be a messenger in this moment of time as well :)  

Remember, the messenger may be the one who receives the retaliation for the unwanted message.  It is important to also remember that there is an author of the message.  The author is the one who speaks/passes along the message to be heard.

God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.
God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through Him.  Anyone who believes in Him is not judged. But anyone who does not believe is judged already. He has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was evil.

Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do will be seen. But anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God’s help.  John 3:16-21 NIRV

This is the message of a loving God to you.  The good news message is to every one of us.  Believe in Jesus, the one who paid the penalty for sin on the cross, while we yet did not even care who He was.  He loves us that much.  He paid the price for you.  He did this so you could be forgiven of the sin that separates you from a relationship of knowing the living God.  

Don't shoot the messenger!  This messenger is open to questions only because I know the one who has the Words of Life! :)


  1. Love it!!! Am
    Going to repost in my group ! Thx -kimmie :-)

  2. Kimmie - I love His message to the world too :)

  3. This is sooo good. I too am a messenger for God and sometimes you get the blank stare and sometimes you get the tears in the eyes. Same thing with Jesus when He was on earth spreading the good news. We have a great example as to how to proceed with the words that God gives us.. For it is written, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent me" John 7:16 Throughout John, Jesus is saying that He doesnt speak on His own accord, but He only speaks the words of the Father. That is what I strive to do. Only speak the Words the Father tells me to speak. This will ensure that I say nothing with studdering words. God isn't confused. He knows exactly what He wants to convey and if I only say what He tells me to say, He gets the Glory. Thank you for this message Syd. So awesome!!

  4. Yolanda - right on! The 'author' is the one speaking...he he

  5. Thanks Sydney. And as messengers we have the responsbility of carrying out just His Words and nothing else just as Yolanda was saying.

  6. Yolanda

    'just His words' what you said Gertrude. I'm glad we are working together to bring the truth!