Not Everyone in Your Circle is There to Support You

Not Everyone in Your CircleIs There to Support You

 

I don’t know about you, but I used to think that the people in my circle–community, social media groups, etc– shared common ideas and goals with me and that we all had a desire to support one another, but I have discovered that is not always the case.   

Maybe you, too, sometimes wonder why the people in your tribe slip little comments in reference to something you posted or shared that disappoints or questions you.

Or, maybe they just snub you altogether, and you’re left wondering, “Why? What have I ever done to them? Don’t I always try to show support for their posts, goals, and dreams? Don’t I always try to offer encouraging remarks?”

I got to thinking about this topic, and it occurred to me that the same situation was true for Jesus Christ as well. Multitudes of people flocked around him wherever he went—but not everyone came to support him.

Some people came simply because they wanted something from him–a cure, food, a blessing–without any intention of giving something back to him.

Other people came for the sole purpose of trying to find some fault in him, to try and catch a word or phrase that they could use against him.

And then, there were others who came simply because they loved being in his presence. They found peace and happiness just sitting at his feet and listening to him talk.

It is the same with you and me. Some people in our circle only keep us around because they might need something from us, while others stalk us, hoping to find some fault in us.  

But, then there are a few others who just simply love us and accept us for who we are, and they are always there to support us when we need encouragement. They weep with us and rejoice with us.

Let’s be thankful for those few who we can always count on to show us a little love.

And for those other folks—–don’t ever give up on them. Don’t shut them out. Don’t unfriend them. Don’t ignore them. Just keep lovin’ on them anyway. Keep supporting them, keep encouraging them whether they appreciate it or not—because that is exactly what Jesus did in his day and what he continues to do for us all.

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Review: Leaving Your Mom Legacy by Kristina Gorr

 

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A 30-Day Devotional on Reflecting Christ in Motherhood

Have you ever wondered what kind of legacy you are leaving for your children and grandchildren? How will they remember you after you have left this world?

My own grandmother was a believer in Christ who taught me to read the scriptures. She was a loving, hospitable woman. After she passed from this earthly life, several people traveled many miles from other states to attend her funeral. This spoke volumes to me about how she had lived her life and how she had influenced the people who crossed her path.

I recall one woman describing my grandmother through tears: “She was the best friend I ever had. She never talked bad about anyone.”

I remember thinking, “I want to be remembered like my grandmother.”

Kristina Gorr’s 30-Day Devotional, Leaving Your Mom Legacy, focuses on this very subject.

This devotional is divided in two parts:

 

1. Learning from Moms of Old

This first section recounts the backstories of moms from the Bible—like Rahab, Bathsheba, Ruth, Rebekah, Hannah, and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Some of these moms lived by faith while others made terrible choices and created messes that impacted the lives of their children and grandchildren.

And yet–through it all, God used their messes to bring about better circumstances and a legacy from which Jesus Christ himself was descended.

 

2. Leave a Mom Legacy that Reflects the Gospel

Part 2 suggests ways that we can leave a good mom legacy by living our lives in a way that reflects the teachings of the Gospel. Some of these ways include:

  • How to purposefully put God first in your life
  • How to pray powerfully and effectively
  • How to teach your children about God
  • How to forgive
  • How to cling to the Word of God
  • How to learn contentment and joy in your crazy, messy and dysfunctional life

At the end of each day’s devotion is a brief “Daily Reflection” section that encourages us readers to apply Biblical stories and scriptures to our everyday life and to connect with God on a deeper level through prayer.

 

A couple of my favorite passages from Leaving Your Mom Legacy:

“In order to leave a mom legacy that points to Christ, we have to shift our focus. Yes, our children need us. But they need Jesus more. To point our kids to Christ, our lives must point to more than just them. Instead of creating a world that revolves around our sons and daughters, they need us to come alongside them and demonstrate how to live a life that is centered on the gospel.”

“Rachel and Leah mothered the twelve tribes of Israel. Despite ALL their issues, they were chosen to be the mother of the men whose names would forever be remembered as tribes of God’s chosen people. Momma, God uses us in incredible ways and your sin won’t hold him back. God is bigger than any wrong choice or corrupt motive. Acknowledge that truth by confessing your sin, repenting of it, and praising God that you can still leave a legacy that will bring God glory for generations to come .”

 

My thoughts about Leaving Your Mom Legacy:

In all honesty, I don’t usually gravitate toward books and devotionals with a parenting focus because my child is grown with children of her own. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this devotional offers encouragement and spiritual insights for everyone.

Whether you are the mom of minor children, adult children, estranged children, or if you have yet to become a mother, this devotional points you into the right direction to leaving a legacy that reflects Christ.  

As a grandmother, this devotional inspires me to apply the teachings of the Bible so that I can leave a lasting impression on my grandsons in the hope that they, too, will know and love Jesus.

One of the best things I loved about this devotional is that the author, Kristina Gorr, writes in a personal, engaging style, addressing us “Mommas” as if she is sitting across from us over a cup of coffee.

Kristina writes with a genuine voice about her own experiences and backstory. She is unafraid to admit her own faults and to address the messiness that sometimes accompanies motherhood and life in general. She speaks to our lives, our hearts, our messiness and our weaknesses.

Leaving Your Mom Legacy points out how God can and will use your imperfections and bad choices to work for a greater purpose that can lead others to a fulfilling relationship with Christ.

If you want your children, grandchildren and others to remember you as someone who loved and lived for Jesus, take a look at Leaving Your Mom Legacy. If you are like me, you will be thankful you did

You can find Kristina Gorr’s devotional on Amazon. Just click on the photo below to learn more.

 

Head over to Kristina Gorr’s blog, Messy Tired Love,  to learn more about raising godly children and leaving a legacy they will be proud to carry on.

 

Come Sit Down and Tell Me What’s Wrong

 

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I am reminded today of something I observed a few years ago at work. A young mother came into the break room just before our shift began, ranting and raving loudly, cussing and talking bad about the company’s management.

Several people in the room started looking mean at her, judging her for the outburst and rough language. A couple people tried to shush her, saying, “Girl, sit down. You’re making a scene.”

But, one person—-our shift supervisor—-reacted differently. He pulled out a chair and gently said to her, “Come sit down here and tell me what’s wrong.”

That was all it took to bring that Mama into a heap of tears. She collapsed into the chair, and in front of the whole room, she began telling her story about how her young son had been admitted to the hospital with severe stomach problems.

Not only was she stressed about her son, but the worst thing was that she had called into work to ask for the day off so she could stay with her son, but the management would not allow her to do so.

Was she right to be upset? Most of us would be in her situation. Was she right to come to work ranting and raving and cussing the company? Well, it wasn’t wise to do that but understandable once we learned her story.

But, I learned two things that day from her and our supervisor that I will never forget.

Number One: The people who talk and act the loudest and worst are the people who are hurting the most. It is their pain that provokes them to lash out this way. It may not seem right or wise, but it’s just how some people react when they are hurting.

Number Two: All it took to calm this ranting and raving woman was a kind, compassionate heart that said, “Come sit down here and tell me what’s wrong.”

 

17 Bible Verses to Help You Through Stressful Times

17 Bible Verses to Help You Through Stressful Times

 

Several years ago, I was a young mother experiencing some life-changing events. Those years were some of the hardest times of my life. I was constantly feeling anxious and stressed over many different issues. I would go to bed with worry only to wake up with anxiety every day.

One day, I decided that only God could help me with what I was going through, so I took the Bible and literally searched the scriptures for help.

I searched the Word like the thirsty soul I was, and as I did, I discovered one verse after another that filled me with hope, comfort, peace, strength, and guidance.

For me, the discovery of those verses was as valuable as finding gold. I recall how I wrote each one of them down on little pieces of paper and memorized them. I took them to work with me, and every time I would feel stressed, I would repeat those verses over and over in my mind.

And you know what? They always calmed me and filled me with peace.

Over the years, these same verses continued to be my mainstay in times of troubles. As a result of these verses, my faith has grown stronger over the years, and I have never allowed life to stress me as much as I did back when I was younger.

Although many of these verses may be familiar to many of you, I hope they will help you through tough times and strengthen your faith as well.

1. Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2. Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

3. I Peter 5:6, 7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

4. Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…

5. Psalm 18:28, 29

For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.

6. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

7. Psalm 56: 3

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

8. Psalm 57:1

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge until these calamities have passed by.

9. Psalm 31:19

Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.

10. John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

11. Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

12. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

13. Psalm 30:5

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

14. Hebrews 13:6

The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

15. Psalm 34:17-18

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

16. Psalm 34:19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

17. Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know which Bible verses help you deal with stress.

 

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You are More than Enough!

You are MORE than Enough


Do you ever feel like a nobody? Maybe you feel you are not smart enough, rich enough, pretty enough, strong enough, skilled enough, or ____________ (you fill in the blank).

What if I told you that you are MORE than enough without even knowing you? How do I know this?

Because tucked away in the Bible, in the Book of Acts– Chapter Nine, God saw to it to plant a story about someone just like you–an ordinary person who made a difference simply by using what little she possessed. 

God knew that each of us would at times feel overlooked and insignificant. He knew that each of us would at times need reassurance that we are enough, so He gave us the story of Tabitha:


“Please hurry, Peter! Please come right away to our town of Joppa, for one of our widow women have died,” the two men begged Peter urgently.

So, Peter drops everything he is doing and rushes off to nearby Joppa to see what the fuss is all about. Who was this widow woman, and why was it so urgent that he come if she is already dead? That’s probably what he was wondering and what we might wonder as well.

When Peter arrives on the scene, he finds a small band of believers weeping and grieving greatly over the death of a woman named Tabitha. But, this group is not content to simply bury her and mourn her memory. No, they want Peter to bring her back to life right away! They had heard how Peter performed miracles through the power of Jesus Christ, and now they wanted him to bring Tabitha back to them.

Why? Because they couldn’t bear to be without her.

You see, Tabitha meant everything to this small community. But, it wasn’t because she had wealth and donated large sums of money to them.  Nor had she ever held any political influence in this community. 

Tabitha had been…well, just a seamstress.

In fact, several of the grieving ladies on the scene showed Peter some of the coats and other clothes that Tabitha had made during her life, while some of the others present went on to tell Peter how Tabitha was “full of good works and charitable deeds.”

I can just imagine Peter scanning each of the faces weeping and looking back at him with tearful eyes that pleaded with him to bring Tabitha back to them. After listening to these people tell him about Tabitha, he came to understand why she meant so much to them.

Tabitha sewed more than just clothes for these people. With every stitch, she threaded love into these people’s lives. While she mended torn clothes, she also mended broken hearts.

While she sewed padding for insulation into winter coats, she also provided words of comfort and assurance to fearful and worried minds.

As she let out seams to allow for growing boys and girls, she also softly offered wise advice to the young.

And, while she crafted clothes for the poor and needy, she encouraged them with the good news about a Savior who came from heaven to give them hope.

Tabitha had stitched and bound a small community of believers together with her love the same way she used yarn to weave pieces of clothing together.

Then, through the power of Jesus Christ, Peter raised Tabitha from the dead and presented her back alive again to all the believers who were mourning her.

You know, this is a heartwarming story, but what relevance does it offer for us today? How does knowing Tabitha’s story offer you and me reassurance that we are enough?

1. God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things for Him


Sadly, women were often regarded as second-class citizens during Bible times, and widow women even less. Widow women were sometimes seen as burdens on the community because both the Old and New Testament societies were charged by God with the responsibility to support and protect widows. (Deuteronomy and I Timothy 5:16)

However, in Tabitha’s case, she probably earned income as a seamstress and may not have needed much support from the Joppa community. Instead, she was a benefit to them because the scriptures indicate that she did charitable deeds for those in need and made clothing for other widows like herself.

To the world, Tabitha was just an old widow woman who sewed clothes, but to this community, she was the whole world.

You may feel that you are too ordinary for God, or that you don’t have anything that could possibly help others, but God can use your willingness, your abilities, and a proper attitude to accomplish great things for His kingdom and to make a huge difference in the lives of others.

2. God can use your abilities to accomplish His work


Tabitha was a seamstress. You may be a cook, an artist, a writer, or a plumber. Or, maybe you are a factory worker, a school teacher, a stay-at-home mom. It doesn’t matter what your job, abilities, skills, and talents are, you can use them to support, encourage, and build up others with whom you come into contact every day.  

No matter how small or insignificant you think you or your abilities are, God can use them for a big purpose.


3. God can use your resources to help others

Tabitha used her sewing materials, yarn, needles, and thread to help others and make a difference in a community. You may not realize it, but you too possess resources that can help others. You may have the knowledge or skills that are just the thing needed for someone who crosses your path today or tomorrow.

You may have money, tools, a home, or a vehicle. And, even if you don’t have any other resource, you may know someone who CAN help another person in need.  

In Luke 22:8-13, a homeowner provided a furnished, upper room that Jesus and His disciples used to host the Last Supper. You may be surprised at the resources you have that can aid and benefit others, and that by doing so, can bring them closer to Christ.

4. Love makes a difference


To some, love may just be an emotion or a sign of weakness, but to the contrary, love is anything but weak. Love is powerful and strong. Love can build and hold together a home, a church, or a community, even when the whole world appears to be crashing down.

Love never fails. Love conquers. You can never go wrong by extending love to another. Never feel afraid to love, for in so doing, you may just make all the difference in someone’s life. When we freely love, we reflect a living and powerful God and Savior to others.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35

 

I believe God saw to it that this story about Tabitha was recorded in the Bible to show each of us that….You are more than enough.  You have something that can make a difference in the life of someone else.

If you help one person in need

If you bring a smile to one sad person

If you reassure one discouraged person

If you comfort one hurting person

Then, you have made a difference to that person—and to God.

You are more than enough. You are loved eternally by a God who knew you before you were ever born, who equipped you with everything you will ever need to be more than enough to the people He brings across your path.

 

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Encouragement for When You’re Overwhelmed with Problems

6 Truths to Encourage You When Overwhelmed

 

Do you ever feel like life just won’t give you a break?

Does one more problem come beating at your door before you can even solve the others that are holding you hostage from living a happy, peaceful life?

Do you ever wonder where God is, and why He is allowing you to go through all your problems?

If so, then you know exactly how the Israelites felt in Exodus 15:22-27.

God had just delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and promised to bring them into a better land. They are happy, excited and looking forward to living a better life.

However, just three days into their journey, they run into major obstacles. They came to the Wilderness of Shur, which in English means “Wilderness of Wall” because this was a wide, barren place made up of huge rock mountains.

So, you could say that the Israelites literally ran into a giant wall soon after beginning their journey. How were they going to arrive at this Promised Land when all they can see is massive rock walls?

How are they going to find their way out of this dilemma?

On top of running into obstacles, the Israelites are running out of water, but there is no water to be found in this dry desert.

The Israelites begin to feel afraid, to worry and complain. Why is God allowing them to suffer like this? Didn’t He mean for them to make it to the Promised Land?

And then, to make matters even worse, they finally come upon a waterhole only to find that the water is too bitter to drink.

They can’t catch a break. One problem just stacks upon the other. They begin to think that maybe it would have been better just to have remained slaves back in Egypt. At least then they had water, and they didn’t have to suffer in this dusty, dry and unbearably hot desert.

However, watch what happens next. “Then, they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.” (vs. 27)

You can imagine how relieved the Israelites must have felt when they arrived at this wonderful oasis in the middle of the desert. It was finally the break they were looking for—a place of relief, refreshment, and replenishment. Hallelujah!

If you feel like you’re in a situation like the Israelites –up against a wall and struggling to get one step ahead–then consider these encouraging truths that can be gleaned from this Exodus event.

1. You are never alone in your trials. God is always with you.

Even though the Israelites were suffering, God was with them. His Presence was with them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

God may not manifest His presence to you in the same way, but He is with you in your trials through a myriad of ways that can include the comfort and help of others or guidance and strength from Bible verses as well as encouraging words from messages you hear on the radio, see on television, or read in an email or book.

The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” (Exodus 13:21)

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

2. God knows where He is leading you.

The whole time the Israelites were suffering in the heat and thirsting for water, while doubting God and complaining, guess what? 

God was leading them right here, to Elim, the whole time!

God knew what they needed, and God was leading them to this sweet oasis all along. 

Like the Israelites, you can’t see what is up ahead, but God can, and God knows where He is leading you.

He knows what you need, and He is leading you to a place of relief, refreshment, and replenishment.

Matthew 6:32 “…for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.”

3. God has prepared blessings up ahead for you.

Think about the twelve wells of water and 70 palm trees at Elim. Remember how many tribes made up the people of Israel? Twelve. So, each tribe could drink from their own well.

Remember how many leading elders there were in Israel? Seventy. (Numbers 11:16-30) So, each leader had his own palm tree to do roll call and encourage his tribe members.

What should this show us? Many years before God even delivered the Israelites from Egypt, He had prepared this oasis of Elim to provide for the Israelites. 

God knows what you need, and if you trust Him and stick with Him, He will lead you to a place of blessings that He has prepared just for you.

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” (I Corinthian 2:9)

4. Don’t give up on God, because He never gives up on you.

What if the Israelites had given up on God and went back to Egypt? What if they had decided to seek out their own path in the desert?

They would have missed out on Elim.

They would have missed out on the abundance of water and sweet refreshment, but more than that, they would have missed out on witnessing the glory of God.

They would have missed out on seeing that God was with them the whole time. They would have missed out on seeing that God did truly love them and was caring for them all along.

If you give up on God, you too may miss out on the blessings God has prepared for you. And, you may miss out on witnessing God’s glory and love in your life.

5. God wants you to know that the best is yet to come!

While Elim was a sweet oasis, it was not the Promised Land, but a sampling of it.

If the Israelites had stayed at Elim, they would have missed out on the even greater blessings found in the Promised Land. God may give us blessings in this life, but He doesn’t want us to set up camp here. He wants us to keep looking for that home in heaven to live with Him eternally. The blessings of this life are nothing compared to the riches we will have with God.

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (II Corinthians 5:1)

6. Stressed spelled backward is desserts.

Your life may feel like a dry, barren desert right now, but if you trust in God and go where He is leading you, He will bring you to your very own Elim where He will turn your stressful desert into a sweet dessert.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into water-springs. There He makes the hungry dwell…” (Psalm 107:33-36)

 

Dear reader, if your life feels like a desert right now, don’t give up! Hang on, because God is leading you to your Elim. Please just trust in Him.

 

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5 Ways Jesus was Bullied

 

 

Five Ways that Jesus was Bullied

 

Are you being bullied? Please don’t feel that you are alone. Lots of people–children and adults– are bullied every day–at school and work, by gangs, on social media, and even in private situations.

I once worked with a man who smeared several packets of mayonnaise inside another co-worker’s glove while away on lunch break. When the victim returned to put his glove back on, guess what? He was the object of laughter all around the work area.

And we all know how kids sometimes mock and belittle their peers by playing pranks on other students, especially those who appear disadvantaged in one way or another.

Being bullied isolates you and makes you want to hide. It makes you feel all alone. It may make you feel unloved, depressed and misunderstood.

But, there is one person who knows exactly what you are going through. Jesus, too, was bullied.

The Bible says that Jesus is our High Priest, who sympathizes with all our weaknesses because he suffered everything that we experience in our lives. (Hebrews 4:15) This means– he knows exactly how it feels to be bullied.

Consider the following five ways that Jesus was bullied:

 

  1. Jesus was mocked and beaten by Roman soldiers.

Jesus was mocked and ridiculed by the Roman soldiers after the governor, Pontius Pilate, condemned him to be crucified.

The Bible says the soldiers stripped Jesus of his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. (Scarlet and purple clothing were usually only worn by royalty and prominent citizens.)

They crafted a crown by twisting a thorny vine and placed it on his head. Then, they put a stick in his hand to resemble a king’s scepter.

“And they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail King of the Jews!

As if that wasn’t enough, they spit on him, took the stick from his hand and beat him with it.

Note, these soldiers were not ordered to mock Jesus, but they did it anyway because they represent the cruelty in this world.

 

  1. Jesus was verbally abused while hanging on the cross.

Can you imagine yourself in excruciating pain and agony…and people around you spewing hateful words and taunts at you?

In Psalm 22, King David wrote a prophecy about Jesus suffering on the cross. The prophetic words describe how accusers would ridicule and taunt Jesus, who would then beg God the Father to come and help him, saying:

“Be not far from me, for trouble is near, there is none to help.

Many bulls have surrounded me.

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

They gape at me with their mouths,

Like a raging and roaring lion.”

Anyone who has been verbally abused can relate to what Jesus suffered here. The familiar phrase, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you”—is entirely inaccurate. Words are powerful, and words can damage a person for life.

When Jesus was at the lowest and worst moment of His earthly life, hanging on the cross in intense pain, people passed by and ridiculed Him, shaking their fingers at Him, not considering for one moment that He just might be innocent. (Matthew 27:39-44)

 

  1. Jesus was threatened with intimidation and false accusations.

Ever had someone try to intimidate you? It is meant to belittle you, to render you powerless to help yourself. Intimidation is meant to break you. Has someone falsely accused you? That is a horrible situation to be in, especially if you cannot defend yourself.

In Matthew 26, the Jewish leaders held a council meeting with Jesus, and they “sought false testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but found none.”

Weren’t these fellows supposed to be God’s people? And yet, here they are purposely trying to find someone who was clever enough to falsely accuse Jesus so that they could kill him.

The high priest ordered Jesus to confess that he was the Christ, the Son of God, but when Jesus obeyed, the self-righteous councilmen blindfolded Jesus, spat on him and struck him. (Mark 14)

 

  1. Jesus was set up for failure.

Has anyone ever purposely tried to set you up for failure by asking you questions meant to trip you up and make you look like a liar?

Matthew 22:15 says, “Then the Pharisees plotted how they might entangle him in His talk.”

Representatives of the Pharisees and Sadducees religious groups constantly stalked Jesus wherever he went, looking for an opportunity to use his words against him to make him look like a liar.

Fortunately, Jesus was always a step ahead of them and had the wisdom of God to put them in their place with perfect grace.

 

  1. Jesus was nearly pushed off a cliff by a gang.

We have lots of different types of gangs in this world today whose mission in life is to harm other innocent people. It was no different in Jesus’s day.

One Sabbath day, Jesus taught in the synagogue from the Old Testament scriptures, proclaiming that God had sent him to fulfill the prophecy to heal the blind and brokenhearted, to free the prisoners and those oppressed, and to teach the gospel to the poor.

But, the Jewish leaders–who controlled the Jewish population—did not agree with his agenda. Their solution was to gang up on Jesus, and “they led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down over the cliff.” (Luke 4:29)

Jesus escaped this situation simply by “passing through the midst of them, and he went on his way.” (vs. 30)

I am not sure if this means that Jesus miraculously “passed through them,” or if it simply means he didn’t let them get the best of him, and just ignored them, walking away from them.
Conclusion

By no means am I a qualified person to offer counseling on bullying, but I do know that it can bring comfort knowing that the King of kings also suffered the same painful and heartbreaking experiences that I suffer in this life.

The purpose of this article is to reassure victims of bullying that you are not alone, and that your Lord and Savior knows exactly how you feel. Please offer up your pain, depression, fears, and worries to Him in prayer, “casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7)

Ask Jesus for help in dealing with your bullies with the same strength, wisdom, and grace that he used with his accusers.

And lastly, seek help from those who have the authority and ability to intervene for you. Talk to someone you can trust: family, friends, co-workers, teachers, counselors, ministers, etc.

I am available online for anyone who needs prayers or for someone to talk to. Just send me a message, and I will gladly respond.

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