Whether it’s the glow of the moon or the rays of the sun this is the image my husband and I are blessed to see each day.
This time of year and especially today, Good Friday, I reflect back on a time in history far before I was born. I remember with tears, smiles, joy, and thanksgiving for ALL Jesus did for not just me but for us in His brief 33 years He walked the earth.
My thoughts briefly pan back to the lost or troubled relationships in my life and how betrayed one can feel as a result of another’s words, behavior, and sometimes sheer hatefulness. The beautiful thing for me is it does not stick. Please don’t get me wrong to think it doesn’t sting or that it doesn’t impact me because, truthfully, I would be lying to say it didn’t.
I have heard it many places by many people, but this saying reminds me the most hearing it from my older sister Drew, “Hurting people hurt people.” Remembering this saying helps me to have love, compassion, and grace for those who have hurt me. It never excuses bad behavior. It should never lend approval either.
Forgiveness is intentional and easy for me. It’s not only good for me it also removes me from being part of the problem when I have forgiven them.
A room with a view.
Thank You Jesus for the cross!
I’ve shared just briefly about my experiences with being betrayed. The details aren’t important. I have moved on, but I do bring it up because today above ALL days is the day Jesus suffered being betrayed in the worst possible way.
Jesus, our Savior King, was betrayed. Why would I think that I could escape it? Why would any of us think that?
Pause with me for a moment. Take a deep breath and think back briefly on the people who have hurt you? Have you truly forgiven them? If it’s a “No.” or an honest, “I don’t think so.” I encourage you to put them on the top of your prayer list. Pray bold and mighty prayers over them. I know what you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, I don’t want them to be blessed.” Here’s the thing, you can pray for them to win the lottery and if God doesn’t want them to bless them then they won’t have favor anyway. At least you’re praying thoughtful and loving prayers over them. Before you know it your heart will soften and true forgiveness is yours.
A broken heart restored.
As the sun is setting another cross appears.
Confirmation restoration is almost here.
Meant for harm a shadow was cast.
Death where is your sting? Victory at last.
There is no coincidence for me that today the word is “betrayed”. It is a very fitting word for today, the day Jesus was betrayed. The victory is not in the hurt, it is in the ending. Jesus won! The enemy lost. And if we believe in and choose to follow Him we will have eternal life. That is why today is “Good” Friday. Let us rejoice in Him who saved our undeserving souls from the pit of hell. That is very Good News!
“It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 (NKJV)
For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually 1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)
Have a very blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday friend!
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