I’ve been really hurt by people.
Especially in the recent past.
Friends have left, friends have said mean things, friends have done some really hurtful things.
I think we have all been there.
Are you like me?
Do you treasure and cherish people, and never ever dream that they could hurt you?
I understand that.
And then, out of the blue, you get hurt.
And it’s hard.
Naturally, we trust people.
Naturally, we adore them.
Naturally, we invest all of ourselves into them.
We spend time with them. We pour into them. We love on them. We say the things that need to be said. We get angry when they get angry, and joyful when they are joyful.
It’s friendship at the very core.
We strive to love them as Jesus does.
And sometimes, we get hurt.
Friends, look to your Savior.
He had friends. About 12 really, really good friends.
He spent all day, everyday with them. They traveled together, shared meals together. I can picture them laughing together, making jokes, and telling stories.
And suddenly, one of those friends betrayed him.
The friend that He had spent three years with.
The friend that He had told stories to, that He had laughed with, that He had poured into.
That friend betrayed our sweet Savior.
I’m sure it hurt.
I’m sure it pierced our sweet Jesus’ heart.
His friend betrayed Him. His friend abandoned Him. His friend flat out rejected Him.
Friends, He gets it.
Our Savior understands our pain.
Our Savior understands the hurt that our hearts so deeply feel.
Our Savior understands the betrayal, the abandonment, the rejection.
I know it’s been said before.
I’ve heard it so many times.
But listen to me, your sweet Jesus understands.
His friend looked Him in the eyes and kissed Him on the cheek.
And then betrayed Him.
And, Jesus, standing in the dirt, felt that sudden, overwhelming, deeply piercing hurt that we experience when someone betrays us.
His heart has been broken, too.
Friends, you are not alone in the pain.
You are not suffering alone, nor have you ever been.
Our Savior came down to the dirt, to be betrayed by a friend. He has experienced it.
Let Him hold you. Let Him whisper sweet lines of grace in your ear. Let Him gently heal your oh-so-broken heart.
The deepest eyes of grace and fire will look at you, and know.
It’s beautifully comforting. It’s beautifully powerful. It’s beautifully healing.
It doesn’t make the hurt go away. Because we are human, and we love, and we will certainly experience hurt if our Jesus did.
But it makes it okay. It makes it okay.
Friends, run to your Savior.
May we always remember, that we are that rebel friend. But that the grace of Jesus Christ brought us near to Him again.
May we let the Spirit transform our heart into a heart like that. A heart fashioned after the grace of Jesus.
Let Him mend your broken heart. Let Him make something beautiful out of the pain. Let Him draw you closer to Himself. Let Him love you like only He can.
With much, much love. And a heart that is being mended by His gentle grace. –Melissa
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