Friday, April 1, 2016
A True Love Response
A True Love Response
As humans in a fallen world, it is inevitable that we will all face some form of rejection, abandonment, temptation and persecution in our lives.
But, we can take heart that God took human form as Jesus Christ, and was also rejected, abandoned, tempted and persecuted. He suffered in ways far beyond what any of us will ever face or comprehend. He alone completely knows and understands our pain and suffering.
All sin, and the wages of sin...of all mankind...rested on Him...alone.
Yet He loved and sacrificed...showed mercy, grace, forgiveness and compassion regardless of His circumstances.
To put on the attitude of Christ is to respond in love to those who persecute and spitefully use us...to forgive and pray for them, in spite of the struggle.
A Godly response...one rooted in His Truth and Grace, casts Light into the darkness...soothes the sting...removes the strongholds...binds up our wounds...and heals us with His Truth and Eternal Love.
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do..." (Luke 23:34)
"Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits." (Romans 12:14-16)
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:43-48)