04 Jul

It is easy for us to associate with Jesus’ sadness and grief as He journeyed to the cross and His request to God to remove the cup of suffering He had to endure.

But His tears were more than for Himself. His tears were also for the sins and devastation of mankind – past, present, and future. His weeping involved grief over sin and a deep love and compassion for you and me.

Jesus wept when He looked over Jerusalem and absorbed the sins of the people who rejected Him.

In our Christian life, we do not see ourselves as rejecting Jesus. We believe His is our Savior and God. We believe He died for our sins. We believe we will go to Heaven when we die and spend eternity with Him. We try to live honorable lives. What is there to reject?

Ephesians 4:30–32 says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” When we reject Jesus as our Savior and Lord, our Counselor, friend, spouse, healer, financial provider, and confidant; refuse to listen to His voice telling us what to do; or talk abrasively, gossip, complain, or refuse to forgive others, then we are grieving the Holy Spirit. We are rejecting our beloved Jesus.

This leaves the door open for the enemy to trap and imprison us with lies, anger, depression, a struggling faith, and unforgiveness. Satan “dashes us to the ground”. We are knocked off balance – God’s balance – and as a result we, our families, and the other people in our lives suffer from our rejection of our precious Jesus. We are “hemmed in” – we are trapped in a vicious cycle of crumbling relationships with God and with those He has put into our lives.

The wonderful part about our relationship with Jesus is that He is right there for us, welcoming us back and not holding our sins against us. He instantly restores our relationship with Him when we turn back to Him. What a blessing!

When we spend time with Jesus, strive to be keenly sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s presence and guiding, and try act upon His word, then the peace of Jesus Christ is revealed to us. Our relationship with Him is restored and blessed. Our lives are blessed. We walk in joy. Our Savior delights in us. He is full of joy, as He loves to see His children happy and contented.

When we take that time with Jesus, we change. Our lives change. We walk in contentment and peace and with a more relaxed mindset. We develop a compassionate acceptance of those around us and of our situations in life. Life becomes softer.

We experience the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. We have a glimpse of Heaven. We are at peace with God. Jesus loves and marvels at us. We love and marvel at Him. In the turmoil of life, all is well.

For us, there is no more weeping.

All because Jesus wept for us.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so deeply that You not only died for me, but that You live for me on a moment-by-moment basis. Help me to bring You joy by strengthening me to live by Your word. Allow me to be aware of Your presence and love.

You are my God.

I love You.

Amen.

 

My book, The Time Will Come, was featured at the International Christian Retail Show at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26-29, 2016.

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