Do you ever wonder why some of the biggest hurts in life come from our family members? Why is it that some of the harshest arguments or the deepest pains come from family disputes? Kirsty Moseley stated “Unfortunately, sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most.” When we allow those into that very vulnerable area where love and trust are so intertwined, there is that chance that we might use their disadvantage against them. Years ago, a friend of mine called me for a time of counsel and support as he had just been taken down by a trusted friend, someone whom he trusted and loved. They had an argument and the trusted friend had decided to push a button that was hidden behind the trust panel. As the words were coming out of the trusted friend’s mouth, a little voice inside the orator’s mouth was screaming “shut up, shut up!” They both just stood there in silence wondering what had just happened and the crowd around them just went silent. Damage done, relationship changed. It took a moment to break trust, the question is this; did the love survive?
Those who knew Christ understood He was the Prince of peace yet they wanted Him to be so much more. He came to the world as an infant, grew up amongst us all and built some pretty strong relationships. He loved His family and would do anything for them, including die but they wanted more. They would test His patience and His love. They would ask for healing and when He did so, others would taunt Him or declare Him a fake and demand His death. The thief on the cross even taunted Christ to show off His divinity but the other thief saw the love in the Christ and did not push His buttons but rather asked to be remembered. I personally think the greatest declaration of love He had for us all is in the simple statement “forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”. Jesus spent His entire life being persecuted from the time King Herod wanted Him killed sometime before His second birthday right up to Caiaphas demanding Jesus be crucified by the ruling Romans. Yet through it all, Christ came to earth, lived with us, taught us and, in the end, died for us so that we could be forgiven. He proved His divinity by returning from the grave and yet, the world still doubts. Through it all, His love for us reigns and this love is perfect, transparent and eternal so quit doubting and embrace His love.
This Sunday, Pastor Todd will explore the beauty of the love of Christ and what it truly means for us all. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.
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