Dear Lord “REPROACH HURTS”
(The Christian Walk)
“Reproach hath broken my heart;and I am full of heaviness:and I looked for some to take pity,but there was none;and for comforters,but I found none”.(Psalm 69:20).
When a person makes the choice to follow Christ,not much time passes before reproach is learned……..It’s a word seldom used yet quickly felt on the Christian walk.
Jesus understood it!
“For even Christ pleased not himself;but,as it is written,The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”(Romans 15:3,4).
We think surely our family and friends will understand as we so eagerly try and tell them of the new found joy and strength of our life! It does’nt take long to find they have other interests and will say that’s nice we found God,for it begins and ends there.
“Yea,mine own familiar friend,in whom I trusted,which did eat of my bread,hath lifted up his heel against me”.(Psalm 41:9).
We soon find there are others who will share our Love of the Saviour though and so the “Family of man …..soon turns into the Family Of God!
Jesus explains this beautifully in Mark 3:31-35.
“There came then his brethren and his mother,and,standing without sent unto him,calling him.And the multitude sat about him,and they said unto himBehold,thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
And he answered them,saying,who is my mother,or my brethren?and he looked round about on them which sat about him,and said,Behold my mother and my brethren!
For whosoever shall do the will of God,the same is my brother,and my sister,and mother”.
Oh! How much Love is expressed through that passage of one who feels as an outcast,yet Jesus tells us we belong then to his Family!
FOR DO I NOW PERSUADE MEN,OR GOD? OR DO I SEEK TO PLEASE MEN? FOR IF I YET PLEASED MEN,I SHOULD NOT BE THE SERVANT OF CHRIST.