I’m coming to you today as a friend because sometimes I think that’s all our hearts need… a good friend to talk with.
So I get it. I know that some days are WAY better than others and that sometimes it takes all you have to get through the day. I know what it feels like to be hurt by people’s words and actions. I have had many nights spent in tears but have also have had nights filled of laughter.
So friend, I am coming to you with open arms. Because it is so hard sometimes to suck it up and start loving the people who hurt you. But I can’t do much to help, all I can do is tell you I’m here for you if you want to talk, I get it, and I’m sorry.
But luckily for you we know someone who can help way more than me,
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15
“Choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” – Hebrews 11:25
Christ experiences first hand the cruelty of humanity. He not only experienced betrayal and denial from His two of his most trusted disciples (Luke 22), mocked and scorned before his inhumane death on the cross (John 19), and tempted for forty days (Matthew 4). Yet with all of that and more, Christ still was the only example of true, unconditional love. He loved radically, even those who nailed him on that cross. He loved. Despite all the cruelty he went through, He died for us.
Every time I read Hebrews 4:15, I picture Jesus saying to me, “Me too… I get it.” Because he does, he does get it. He was tempted and hurt more than you have been and yet he was still without sin.
Kinda puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? But please know that what you are going through is hard and tough. I get that… Christ gets that. But let’s just chalk it up to the result of a sinful world. In the end, that’s the root of all this hurt you are experiencing.
Now, I’m giving you a warning because what I’m about to say you may not like too much. And I know we can’t be perfect like Jesus but we are called to try. *FYI I am not even close to getting this right, it’s hard… I get it.*
In Hebrews 11:25 it talks about Moses and how he could have easily chosen all of the comforts and riches of life as a royal, yet he didn’t. This action of purposely choosing discomfort is something my selfish brain can’t comprehend. I love the idea but when given the chance to live it out, I can never seem to do it.
To choose ill-treatment with fellow Christians instead of the passing pleasures of sin is not an easy task. Because I think, in the moment we see it more like this choice:
To choose to get over deep cuts in our hearts and persecutions …. Or…. to love those who love you back and hold grudges over our persecutors.
No wonder it’s so hard to live out what Hebrews 11:25 says. We need to train ourselves to see it as kingdom work. As us suffering as Jesus suffered and choosing to deal with it as he did. Love, grace, and sacrifice.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster