Friday, February 27, 2015

In Your Pain, Forgive-In Your Pain, Love

In Your Pain, Forgive – In Your Pain, Love

By Joy W.

The story of Jesus from birth right down till he left us sounds unimaginable, wonderful, unfathomable, incredible, divine and all, regardless of everyone’s views. The story of John more or same as the above. The story of Joseph is none other. Joseph went through such hardship and I can just imagine how he felt about the transition. From a home to a prison, a son to a slave. His dreams were shuttered. He is among those people’s lives brought to us to learn from, to use as guide to live our own lives, to answer every life’s question, and to make our lives better than we even think they could be. Some seem planned and articulate, and yet quiet, as it should be. That is because those who witnessed wrote them per their own feelings and how they saw them. They were documented.

Our lives are like this. It is no different from these; some are even better than others, but we fail to realize it because we have been much concerned by the pain, the challenges, the trials and all than the joy that precedes after we have patiently and steadfastly gone through these challenges. It’s just like cooking. In a minute u r so engrossed in trying to fix yourself something to eat. Your whole attention is on the food and suddenly u get a cut or you are burnt. You forget that you were even Hungary because then you have the pain to take care of. When the pain has finally gone down, you may not even go back to your cooking again, as a matter of fact you would get yourself something else to eat and forget about the food. That is when we must remember the Bible Scripture that says, in all things give thanks to God (1 Thessalonians 5:18), because everything works together for our good (Romans 8:28). And he also knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
We work because the Bible admonishes that we sweat before we eat (see where God punishes Adam and Eve in Genesis). And so we go through all the hustles of life to satisfy our needs. And even that, Jesus still tells us that if you ask anything in my name he will do it. What a wonderful God, one who doesn’t hold our sins against us. When difficulties and challenges arise we tend to lose focus in the exact things we were occupied with and get ourselves busy with something else.
Sometimes we are scared growing up, because of the challenges are terrifying and they turn to steer and direct our lives. Our fears shadow our courage and drowns the better part of our lives. We have been created in the image of God, fearfully and wonderfully made. He didn’t give us the spirit of fear but that of courage and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

I am sure Mary and Joseph nearly gave up but God intervened because his purpose was to come alive. You can imagine. You can imagine how they felt when at the end of the day the Messiah really came and accomplished his purpose through them. Mary was the mother of the world’s Savior. Joseph, his earthly father, endured much hardship. But with God all things are possible. With God it doesn’t matter who or where you are or come from. The Bible says though your sins are red as scarlet, but they shall be white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). And even yet when we were sinners he loved us (Romans 5:8). The Bible says he knows the plans he has for us and they are not evil (Jeremiah 29:11). We share in his glory as sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18). He has crowned us princes and princesses. A day is a thousand years in his eyes and a thousand a day (2 Peter 3:8).

Your future will be bright, you will be what you have to be because he has it all planned and though it tarries it will surely come to pass. If the Lord be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? Malachi 3:3 says he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. You are being refined and purified to be the real you. He knows you and has chosen you. He knew who you are, yet he picked you. He left his glory to die for you because you matter to him.

The same way Eve longed for that apple, God longed to have us back to himself. We are the apple of his eye. When we persist and patiently go through the fire, the stories our witnesses tell about us changes. It become planned, divine, wonderful, splendid, unfathomable as that of Jesus, John, Paul, Joseph and all the others we read about in the Bible to the hearers and readers.

In your pain, forgive because you are first forgiven by God. In your pain, love, because you were first loved. Let the world see Jesus in your eyes and show them love they can’t deny.


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