Wednesday, March 6, 2013

he sees you

Have you ever been hurt by someone else's sin?  And then needed to be there for them as a fellow Christian while they struggled to overcome that sin?  We have all sinned in this way and are called to show mercy and grace to those whose sins have hurt us - because after all, "I am the foremost of sinners."  But still, to support and love someone who is fighting the hard fight can be heart-wrenching at times.  And painful.  And just flat-out hard.  Especially when their sin has hurt you more than anyone. 

Sometimes it's easy to feel as if God has forgotten you while He is busy working in the life of your loved one.  While you are trying to pour out love and support for one who has hurt you, it's hard not to selfishly think, haven't I given enoughIsn't it time for me to get some love and support, after all, since I am the one who was hurt the most?  God, why aren't you there for me through all of this?  But God is there.  And he sees you.  He sees your pain.  He sees you striving to be a living example of His grace, even while you are hurting.  He sees the love that you are trying so hard to cultivate, even if it seems impossible at times.  And He is so proud of you for it. 
 
God is not unjust;

He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

-Hebrews 6:10
 
Everything that God does has a just purpose.  He would never let you suffer for no reason.  Every sin, every struggle - God uses it for the good of those who love Him.  Through sin, God can turn something ugly and seemingly ruined into something beautiful.   Even if it seems impossible.  He is just that good.  And when you choose to love, to support, to encourage, and to help heal - you are loving Him. 

Loving others is loving God.  Helping others is loving God.

If you are journeying through a tough patch, stand firm in your faith.  Love those who have hurt you, so that you can bring glory to God's name. 

He sees you.  He loves you.  Be encouraged :)

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