I was deeply emotionally hurt today by someone I barely know, not even an acquaintance. Thankfully Jesus protected me from most of it. When I got home I got angry with my wife over nothing and backed off when I realized what was happening.
This person pushed all my inadequacy buttons. They targeted my mental illness as disqualifying me from worth. They framed their questions with the assumption their perceived need was my fault. They disrespected me.
Ahhh. . . but there is Jesus.
What if this person had deep fear, deep hurt or both? What if their coping skill was to seek control of every situation? What if they interpreted me as taking away their control? What if their strategy was to discredit me to gain control?
And Jesus gave me this line of reasoning . . . and resolved my hurt and invited me to replace that hurt with compassion. How did Jesus give me this line of reasoning?
Before there was Freud, Jung, or Maslow . . . there was Jesus.
10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:10 (NASB95)
14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 (NASB95)
(My thanks to Dr. Andrew Farley for his teaching on this subject)
Sanctify means “to make holy” or “to set apart for God’s use.” Those who have a relationship with Jesus are made holy by Jesus, or set apart for his use, and it is in the past tense so it is already done. Why then do we still sin? Though we are holy, our mind needs to be renewed; we need to replace false thinking patterns with true thinking patterns. This is accomplished by knowing God’s will (the Bible) and doing it. The more we obey, the more our mind is transformed to be like Jesus’ mind. And the less we sin.
Perfected for all time means Jesus’ gift of forgiveness was permanent, we are always forgiven. Though permanent forgiveness opens the possibility of license, or unrestrained sin, God is able to know and do what is best:
4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans 2:4 (NASB95)
One of the things I love about Jesus is he saves me from myself.
If you ever get weary of trying to “stay saved” or are tired of being anxious worrying about whether you may “lose your salvation” ask Jesus what the above verses mean.
14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14–16 (NASB95)
Hide it under a bushel, No! I’m gonna let it shine . . .
Harry Dixon Loes
I don’t have a choice of shining my light or not. I’m on a hill, I can’t be hidden. I don’t have a choice to be under a basket, God put me on a lampstand. The only choice I have is the “way” I let my light shine, do people see my good works and know their Father in Heaven is Good and Loves Them?
This is very sobering.
I fail daily. And Jesus forgave all my sins past, present and future when He died for me (and yours as well). But how much forgiveness is in others’ reserves? And do I grant to others the mercy that I want, and desperately need, from them?
And Jesus’ light is more than forgiveness. He gave my dead spirit Life! so I can love like He does. The only question is . . .