CALLOUSED doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person is mean and surly. You can be nice and jovial…yet still be calloused, insensitive and broken inside. The disciples asked Jesus why He spoke to the crowd in parables. “He replied, “The knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you and not to them…This is why I speak to them in parables, ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand…For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.” (Matthew 13: 11,13,15) Too often, we fail to look beneath the surface of what seems to be a cruel disregard for others or an inability to empathize with situations. We see the callous exterior, but we don’t discern the wound that caused it, or the need for healing.
“I speak of peace, while covert enmity under the smile of safety wounds the world.” – William Shakespeare ENMITY – is the state or feeling of being actively opposed or