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When Your Heart Is Breaking

Isaiah 53:3, “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and like one from whom men hide their face…”

2Co 4:7-11  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us; in every way having been troubled, but not having been hemmed in; having been perplexed, but not utterly at a loss; having been persecuted, but not having been forsaken; having been thrown down, but not having been destroyed; always bearing about the dying of Adonai Yashua in the body, so that the life of Yashua also might be revealed in our body. For we who live are always being delivered to death for Yashua’s sake, so that the life of Yashua might also be revealed in our body.”

Life can be so unfair sometimes when those we love turn their back to us choosing to forget the times of love, humor, financial sacrifice and bounty and only remember with resentment, anger, bitterness and vitriol the times of lack, guilt, hurts, fears, correction, all the “bad” times. Is life only about having “good” times? When “good” times turn to “bad” times does that mean we suddenly excise that person we think is responsible for the turn in our circumstances out of our life?

These last few months I have had to personally take a closer look at this question; “When someone hurts you deeply how do you respond?” The natural or flesh man wants to respond in kind; a tit for a tat; what you did to me I am going to do to you, only worse just so you will know how much you have hurt me.

In the cascading events of my family’s particular situation I finally came to a place one night where I could not sleep; the anger of the injustice being perpetrated was too consuming, so I got up and began to pour out my complaint to YHVH. “Help me with this,” I prayed, “I need to understand this situation from Your perspective.” The request was barely off my lips when this thought flashed through my mind, “This is how my children treat Me. Every day, every hour, minute, second my 7+ billion children treat me with some level of disrespect, dishonor, disregard, hostility, criticism, hatred, vengeance, and more, but I still love them!”

So much understanding in such a brief flash of insight!

As followers of The Way of Yashua haMashiach we are told in Matthew 7:13-14 to; “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The injustice that we suffer, whether perceived or real, is nothing compared to what Yashua suffered for us. And in Mark 8:34-37 He told us what the cost would be of following Him; “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

My attitude has tempered since this word spoken in my mind with such force of sadness immediately humbled me. This situation that has so dishonored those that love the ones involved have by their actions set themselves outside the gate, if you will. Outside the gate is darkness, outside the gate is the broad way that leads to destruction; this is not the place one wants to find themselves. But then we all, at one time or another, have set ourselves “outside the gate” by our actions, thoughts, attitudes and/or behaviors, haven’t we?

Every day in multiple ways and in multiple venues we have opportunity to take offense. It is hard to “turn the other cheek” and respond in love especially when the action or word was so unjustified, but we must. This is part of “washing our robes” that we may have access to the Tree of Life!  (Revelation 22:14) Yes, the path to life is narrow, but chose to be one of those that find it!

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7 thoughts on “When Your Heart Is Breaking”

  1. Well said,good reminder.Yet, it seems to be a fine line between standing up when injustice is in our face,and when we are just acting on our emotions.There are times we must speak out ,this i guess is where discernment comes in.Father in heaven,you are the only one righteous and just.Teach us when to stand up for what you have taught us,and when to be still and know… Hope you guys are ok.In our prayers.Laurie H.

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    1. I think it comes down to how we respond to injustice. Do we respond with offense or hate, bitterness, resentment, etc., in our heart or do we respond in the love of Yashua? We can be firm in our replies and take stands based on righteousness and holiness while still communicating that deep commitment to walk as Yashua walked in love. Our grandson needed to be corrected in his behavior with his sister the other day, but even though the correction brought him to tears he still knew we loved him because our actions were not vindictive. We did not reject him or abandon him because of what he did, but we corrected him with firmness mixed with love. People, even very young children know what is in your heart. If it is hate they will more likely respond with hate and if it is love they will more likely respond with love. From the words of Yashua; the path to life is narrow and there be few who find it.

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  2. Shalom! Count your blessing that you learned this! I recently did too from a testimony by Howard Pittman. He was a devout believer, pastor who visited jails, nursing homes etc yet when he died he was told he couldn’t enter because he did it all for self! How easily we deceive ourselves! He was sent back and wrote a book about his near death experience, “Placebo”. Very eye-opening about demons and how they set traps for us and how unaware most believers are to their tactics!

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