Friday, March 30, 2012

Despised, Rejected of Man.

Thank you Lord for being my constant reminder of how much I need you in my life.

During dinner last night, my husband and I had one of those long chats that seem to start out of nowhere, but begin half over. You know what I mean? It's like a conversation that has already happened, but yet. ... it hasn't. i don't know, maybe I'm not expressing myself.

One of the topics we discussed was hurtful conversations. Over the last few years, people who I thought were very close to me have felt the need (or felt comfortable enough), I guess, to say some REALLY mean things to me. In fact, I'm pretty sure it comes across so hurtful for the simple reason that often times it comes from another believer.

I understand that I need to give it to the Lord and let it go but ... it hurts.

So this morning, I woke up still thinking about this one stupid remark. WHY DO I EVEN CARE! It's not like the person who said it to me even KNOWS how it affected me. It's not like the person even REMEMBERS they said it. ... Anyway.

Here is where the Lord intervenes. ...

Each morning, I go onto biblegateway.com and read the verse of the day.

Hello-total-change-of-heart-total-change-of-perspective-nice-to-meet-you. ...

I think that I have problems with mankind? I think have problems with rejection, hurtful things... etc...

Yes, my feelings were hurt.
Yes, what was said to me was wrong.

Was my reaction wrong?
Yes.

So,... to the person who hurt my feelings. ...

I forgive you.

I'm so thankful for the Lord Jesus, and how he loves me.
Thank you heavenly father for your example of servant leadership.

Isaiah 53  
Who has believed what he has heard from us?[a]
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
     and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men;
    a man of sorrows,[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
     smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
     and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
     yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
     and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[g]
when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
     make many to be accounted righteous,
     and he shall bear their iniquities.
12  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[j]
     and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[k]
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.
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