It’s been a good day, really! But you know how sometimes you can feel fine, but you have this little rock in your shoe that’s really bothering you, and you just have to stop asap and get it out?
Sometimes that’s the way I feel about unkind things that people say. Maybe they’re not even trying to be unkind, but it comes out that way.
I’m trying to learn how to follow some good advice the preacher gave last week in his sermon: “Refuse to be offended.”
Well, I’m trying, but when someone treats me unkindly, old feelings of worthlessness and self-pity come to the surface and have to be dealt with, prayed about, and surrendered to the Lord. I still have some healing that needs to take place from deep wounds from the past. Sweeping them under the rug doesn’t work.
I’m so glad that no matter how unloving someone may be toward me, I can always count on Jesus to love me. I can always run to Him and tell Him all about it, for He truly cares. He’s waiting with open arms for me to run to Him.
If others treat me like I have no value, Jesus reminds me that I am valuable to Him.
He loved me so much that He gave His life for me. And, as Jesus said,
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV
So, today I am thankful for how Jesus loves me even if others don’t. I’m thankful that He gave His life for me. I’m thankful that I’m valuable to Him and that He still heals the brokenhearted and encourages the discouraged.
When it comes down to it, only what He says matters anyway.
What about you? Are you thankful that Jesus loves you and gave His life for you? Did you know that you are valuable to Him, that He wants you?
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving Your life for me, for drawing me close to Yourself, for loving me, for giving me value, for keeping your watchful eye on me all the time. Help me to dwell in Your love and to let go of bad feelings. I surrender them to You along with the pain and self pity. I choose to forgive those who have hurt me just as You have forgiven me. Thank You, Lord. Amen.