Just because I don’t talk much about my battles and wounds, it doesn’t mean I have no scars.
It’s the height of arrogance to assume that someone who hasn’t lived with your limitations is unable to sense your sorrows. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me first” (John 15:18). Let’s talk about the injustice He faced — we weren’t there with Him, except to help nail Him to the Cross. Our particular sorrows don’t justify crucifying anyone else. He rose and still lives today at the right hand of the Father, and His appreciation for doing good to those who hate you is all the reward we need. Walking justly is its own reward.
If you get close enough to me, I will surely do something stupid and hurt you. Don’t fall into a pity party and assume I delight in causing you pain. Don’t assume that I am somehow refusing some duty to improve simply because my sins are different from yours. “Remove the log in your own eye first” (Matthew 7:1-6). The point here is not that you might actually remove that log, but that you must acknowledge it’s there before anything can change. You have to embrace the enormity of your own sin. Yes, you nailed Jesus to the Cross, and so did I. Let’s stop hammering each other and try to find a path to repentance.
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