‘On hearing this Jesus said ‘ it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But go and learn what this means, ‘ I desire mercy not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’
Matthew 9 vs 12 to 13
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…
1 Peter 2:9
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
The above verses are all talking to, and about the same people. They are talking about God’s children.
During a recent conversation about the trials that we endure in this journey of life, I pointed out that every single person in this life – whether christian or not is having to deal with some issue or another. The challenge in a country like ours is that we have developed a rather judgmental attitude towards one another. I believe that this stems from the fact that we are constantly comparing ourselves with others.
We compare the length of prayer time; we compare the length of meditation time; we compare the cars; we compare the houses (see how God has blessed him!!! See how God has blessed her!!!); we compare the wives; we even compare the kids. Whether consciously or subconsciously we quite literally compare EVERYTHING. This constant comparing of ourselves to others often leads us to judge others as to why they do or don’t have certain things. We ALL do it.
The worst aspect about our tendency to judge others is that it leads to secrecy. As christians we are supposed to love each other unconditionally. We are supposed to help each other; encourage each other; lift each other up; not give up on one another. But our tendency to compare and judge has eroded our desire and motivation to love unconditionally. The consequence of this is that people who are struggling with various issues (and trust me – we all are) are forced to keep those issues to themselves. Exactly where the devil wants them – on their own. Once someone thinks they alone are having issues and problems the devil will have a field day with their mind; making them think they are the worst person in the world. I know. I’ve been there.
My message to you this morning is this;
If there is anyone out there struggling with anything or any area of your life, do not think that God doesn’t love you. Do not judge yourself. God loves you unconditionally and nothing can separate you from His love.
‘neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’
Romans 8 vs 39
Secondly find someone you can trust and talk about it.
Finally, DO NOT GIVE UP.
What the devil wants is for you to give up
Please DO NOT give up. You have so many good years ahead of you. God wants you to succeed. He wants you to be happy. He will definitely not give up on you.
‘I will never leave you. I will never forsake you.’
Hebrews 13 vs 5
So don’t even think about giving up on yourself.
No matter how you feel now; no matter how dark everything may seem around you; no matter what people may be saying about you – be rest assured that God has not, and will never forsake you.
Be rest assured that He has a plan for you.
Be rest assured that your future is extremely bright.
Don’t give up on yourself.
Don’t give up on God.
He’ll never give up on you.