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ďO give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.Ē

Psalm 107: 1 Ė 9 King James Version

A few months ago, I sent an email to some people asking them to share their testimony. I sent over one hundred emails yet I only heard from five people. How this must have broken the heart of our wonderful Saviour. It is very sad that we have no problems cheering for our favorite sports teams yet we are reluctant and sometimes refuse to cheer for Jesus.

It is no wonder at all that our teenagers are rebellious and sarcastic. Often they hear critical and accusing words from us rather than encouraging words. Children and elderly people can spot a phony a mile away. They see and hear us shouting for our favorite sports teams but they donít see and hear us cheering for Jesus.

Several years ago while working in a nursing home, a patient said something to me that I will never forget. She said ďIíve heard you talk about your family and your friends but Iíve never heard you say something nice about Jesus. You are a Christian, arenít youĒ? That not only embarrassed me, it broke my heart that I had hurt my wonderful Saviour. I am so grateful to this lady because it is a lesson that I will always remember. Yes, Jesus is my Saviour but I wasnít cheering for Him or telling people how wonderful He is. How I must have hurt Him. Thank God that we have a merciful and loving Saviour.

Iíve heard people say ďIím a recovering alcoholicĒ. O that we would say ďIím a recovering sinnerĒ. As long as we are in this world we will sin and fail Jesus, not because we want to but because we are still in the flesh. There is only one perfect person who ever lived and His name is Jesus. He never did anything wrong yet He was tortured and treated worse than any person was ever treated or ever will be. He allowed them to crucify Him and He died for us on a cross of horror and agony because of His tender heart of mercy, grace, compassion and unconditional love for us.

Instead of pointing the finger at people and accusing them of not being perfect, we need to put the finger at ourselves and realize that we are only sinners saved by grace. If it were not for the cleansing atoning blood of our precious Saviour, all of us would be on our way to hell. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. He loves us unconditionally even when we hurt Him and fail Him and all of us hurt Him and fail Him at times.

Are you cheering for Jesus? Do your children see the joy of Jesus on your face and do they hear the tender love of Jesus for them in your words? It is time that we stop hurting Jesus and start bragging on Him. One day we will stand before a Holy God and give an account of the way we treated His Son. I donít know about you but I donít want to have to hang my head in shame because I didnít let people see the joy of Jesus on my face and in my actions. Will you be able to look Him in the eye, or will you have to bow your head in shame because you didnít brag on Him?

Joanne Lowe
August 9, 2007

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