I saw a friend of mine yesterday at the store and she told me something that made me very sad, very angry and broke my heart. She was telling me about a friend of hers who is going through a very difficult time right now and she had told him “If you need me, call me”.
She told me that he called her yesterday morning at four-thirty, that she heard his voice but since she doesn’t get up until five she let the answering machine take the message. She told me that she forgot to check her messages on the answering machine until later that day. She said “I know that I told him to call me if he needed me but what kind of person calls and wakes you up in the middle of the night or early in the morning”? The answer to that question is someone who is hurting, lonely and possibly suicidal.
No matter what we say or do if it doesn’t come from our hearts it is meaningless and stinks in the nostrils of Jesus. If we have ever told someone to call us anytime day or night and then gotten upset when the person called us in the middle of the night, I’m sure the person picked up by the annoyed tone of our voice that we really didn’t mean for them to call and wake us up and we also broke the heart of Jesus. Thank God that when Jesus says to call unto Him and He will answer us that we know He means it!
We need to remember that if we aren’t caring and loving to people; it is very doubtful that people will be caring and loving to us. We may be the ones who need to call someone in the middle of the night or very early in the morning because we are hurting. How would we feel if we could sense by their tone of voice that they weren’t concerned and cared about us? May God forgive us if we have ever let the answering machine take the message instead of us answering the phone! I believe with all my heart that if we do this we will stand before a Holy God and give an account of why we were so cold hearted and cruel to people. Do we really mean it when we say to people “If you need me, you may call me anytime day or night”? If not, we have just pounded another nail into the heart of our precious Saviour.
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