One of the things that we want to do when we are hurt or wounded is to strike back. That’s just our natural response. Even when we don’t, even when it doesn’t happen, that’s our impulse. It’s what we want to do. It’s what happens.
We want to hit back.
I tell people one of the things of the things that gives us great hope in our lives and is our faith is this. Jesus Christ went though everything that we go through. Everything. All the hurt, the pain, the loss, everything. And in that, He gives us the strength to endure and be faithful in our lives.
Listen to what the Word says in 1 Peter 2:22-23:
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
You know how you feel when life is not fair? You know that feeling of things unfair? Wrong? Cruel? You know that feeling?
Jesus felt it too.
It wasn’t fair for Jesus to suffer and die. it was not fair for Jesus to take our pain, or failure, our hurt, everything.
It’s not fair for Jesus to have done those things.
And in spite of being unfair, what did he do? He didn’t respond with anger. He didn’t strike back. Even though it wasn’t fair.
Why? Because He loved us. Even though it wasn’t fair. He still loved. He still cared. He still showed grace.
Even through it wasn’t fair.
May we do the same. May we respond today with grace, mercy, joy, and love. Even when it’s not fair. Because it’s what Jesus did. May, through His strength, may we do that same thing.
Let’s show grace. Even when it’s not fair.
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