He gave His life and He'd do it again, for you, for LOVE!
I'd like to share this with you that it may hopefully assist you to embrace and even endure with joy some of the trials that come your way, that in it and through it all, you will know perfect peace.
There will be times you will be misunderstood and wrongly judged whilst on this earth. Yes that’s right, though it isn’t nice to hear I sure know, we prefer to hear nicer words than that, but it’s the truth when we’ve given our life and our all to God.
Jesus when on earth was so many times misunderstood, judged, put down and mistreated.. right up to the point of dying on that cross for you and I, and who put Him there?, the Chief Priests of the law and Pharisees!! We must remember that they’re alive and well today too, trying to control and destroy God’s precious children by using empty words, law and religion, but you will know as it’s devoid of love. Even those of Jesus’ home town, His earthly family and relatives, they judged and refused to believe that Jesus was who He said He was.
And so this world will not understand YOU at times either but please take heart and be of good cheer, you are in great company, God understands fully and how very much He cares.
Our eternal home and dwelling place is in heaven, Jesus knew that when He walked on this earth, when He suffered cruelty and judgement, He kept focusing on His Heavenly Father and walked forward without wavering.. to the cross. He didn’t even defend Himself, He knew that His Heavenly Father would do that, just as He does for us.
There IS a cost, there IS a price in choosing Jesus above all, but oh how incredibly worth it it is and for eternity will surely be. So please be encouraged, when you are persecuted or mistreated and endure hardships, when you may even lose earthly friendships or family, pause with a thankful heart and remember all you gain in Jesus, hand it all over to Him, then let Him fill up every empty space you feel inside, with His beauty and His love.
Sometimes it can feel very painful, like God requires absolutely everything and wants us all to Himself. Tonight my heart felt temporarily shattered as I was passed on “well meaning” information during a phone call from a dear friend that hurt my heart deeply, it wasn’t true. I remained stoic and cheery on the phone, though shocked, we said our goodbyes.. then tears streamed down my face.. I sat there feeling so terribly sad. Today had been challenging and tough to say the least.
Then in a suddenly moment I sensed that gentle and sweet presence that I’ve come to know and depend on so well, that has kept me going forward, has held onto my very life, and also required of me everything, the presence of Jesus!
I heard words so gently whispered, “You WILL be misunderstood and wrongly judged whilst on the earth, but that’s okay, keep your eyes on me, I understand, I trod this path before you and I know how it feels.” that loving and peace infused voice went on.. “Oh yes, I understand and I will be your everything. Hold on tight to me and never let me go, I love you, thank you for all you so willingly go through, I know that you do it for me because you chose me above all. Thank you for giving me your everything, I gave all I could give for you, I gave my life and I’d do it again, for you, for love!”
And they are the words Jesus wants to whisper to your heart too right now, where you’ve felt pain and hurt, even betrayal, Jesus wants for you to hear those words and allow His sweet love to flow in and heal every wound as only He can.
And together we say “Thank you Jesus, thank You so much, it IS well with my soul, I love You”.
Love Mandie x
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