How do you respond? There was a post a few days ago on responses talking about Newton’s 3rd Law of motion and God’s thoughts on it. What is it about the person that makes them think this is a good idea? What is it about the person that makes them want to minimize someone else in order to try and get an advantage or feel bigger or superior? Why do they try to bring others into their sick activities? Is it that misery loves company? Is it that they are feeling so in secure they need to be validated? Is it that they are so hurt? Hurting people hurt people! Are you listening, really listening to what they are saying? Are you hearing what is coming out of their heart? Are you hearing the pain, the sorrow, the sadness? Forgiveness is the key! It will open doors! It will create reconciliation! It will start the recovery process! It will unlock the shackles of regret, bitterness, !
FORGIVE THEM BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!
In today’s reading from God’s Word in Mark 15, we see what happened to Jesus…In verse 16, they pulled together a group. In v17, they started to mock him with costumes. In v18, they began to mock Him, however, there was more truth to what they were symbolizing that they were even aware of, like chanting “Long live the King of the Jews!” But then in v19 they started to beat him and spit on him while still mocking Him by bowing down to Him which foreshadows a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Once they finished mocking Him, they put him back into his own clothe and lead him off to be crucified. After the beating the lead him to Golgotha which means “The Place of the Skull”. On the way they forced a man named Simon to carry the cross for Jesus. They tried to give Jesus some doctored up wine (mixed with myrrh) but Jesus wouldn’t drink it. So they crucified Him and went on their way to dividing up the spoil of His clothes among the guards, throwing dice to see who got what. It was 9am when they crucified Him and the notice on the cross called out the accusation against Him “The King of the Jews”. An innocent man in the middle of two thieves. If that weren’t bad enough people walking by would also throw insults at Him.
And what did Jesus do? He forgave them!
In Galatians, we are faced with people who are wanting to add the salvation provided by Jesus crucified the Law that could only point people to the truth that they need a savior. As a result of God’s promise, we are able to be called children of God because God’s Spirit entered us when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior! We are to live free, purchased by the price of Jesus’ sacrifice n the cross! We aren’t to be slaves to the old ways , the ways of the world! We are to live with the freedom of the promise provided by God the Father through Jesus the Son and the coming of the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our guide until Jesus’ return!
So, let’s give God the glory for who He is and because of His constant love and faithfulness! Let’s live lives that keep others from “Where is your God?” for we know He is in heaven and He does whatever He wishes, for He is LVE and His plans are for good. He is the one true God, unlike the idols others have created and worship, He speaks to us, He sees us, He hears us, He can touch us right at our very point of need. Let’s put and keep our trust in the Lord, for He helps and protects you! The Lord remembers us and will bless us. He will bless everyone who honors Him! Don’t take your children for granted for they are a gift from God, the one gift that has a place in eternity, so treat them that way and raise them up in the knowledge of the Lord so that when they grow up they will follow after Him! In this way, we can all meet up again in heaven! God may heaven and earth and they belong to Him! Let’s praise Him! Let’s praise Him, now and forever!
My reading that triggered today’s post came from Mark 15:16-32, Galatians 4:21-31, Psalm 115