When I was at Wal-Mart yesterday, I saw one of my dearest friends. Her son has been ill for a long time and we have been praying for him. I asked her how her son was feeling. She replied “He passed away. We buried him last week. It’s all right because he isn’t in pain any more and he is with God”. She said all the right words but as I hugged her and held her for a couple of minutes and told her how very sorry I was, I felt her sorrow, pain and grief. She knows her son is with God but she still hurts because she misses him.
I think as Jesus hung on that cross of horror and torture, His heart was very heavy. He had said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. He was very sad and He had so much pain that it is impossible to describe it. No one has ever and no one will ever experience the depths of pain that our precious Saviour endured that day on the cross, not only physically, but also emotionally.
He, too, said all the right words but He was hurting because He felt all alone, betrayed, rejected, scorned, ridiculed and mocked. I believe that He was also discouraged because He had spent His entire life telling people how much they were loved and they constantly rejected Him. All He had ever done was to give His love to people and they were killing Him because of it.
How many times has someone asked you how you were feeling and you said “fine”, but inside you were hurting? Your heart was breaking because of marital problems, rebellious children, financial problems and trouble with your jobs. Why do we do this? I think it is because we don’t think that anyone cares so why should we share what is in our hearts. What we really are doing is telling a lie. We shouldn’t go around with a frown on our faces all the time but we also need to be honest when someone asks us how we are feeling. We say all the right words, but inside we are hurting.
Whatever problems and heartaches you are facing today, I have the answer for you and His name is Jesus. He can do what seems to us impossible. He can melt a hardened heart and cause that person to become loving, kind and compassionate. It does not matter what you have done in your past, Jesus loves you and He is waiting for you with His arms of mercy, love, forgiveness, compassion, tenderness, grace and understanding opened wide.
Even a person who has been saved and who has been serving Jesus for years will fail Him. All of us fail Him every day in some way. I received an email last year from someone who told me “I never fail Him”. What arrogance and how dangerous to make that statement! Step into the protection of the love of Jesus. Allow Him to melt your indifferent and cold heart and fill it with the warmth of His love and forgiveness. He loves you; do you love Him?
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