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A Word for the Hurting

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We all have our emotionally stable times and our hard times. A friend reminded me that when the emotional times come, don’t assume that means your faith is weak. It just means you are hurting.

Jesus is the supreme example of that. He certainly knew how much his Father loved him, and he knew before he ever came to earth how much he would suffer, and yet, as a human, he experienced emotional agony.

As Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, knowing he would soon be crucified, he told his friends, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” And he prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:38-39)

And on the cross, as he bore the sins of the world on his shoulders, he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mt. 27:46) “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 23:46)

Jesus was perfect, yet in his human form, he suffered just as we do, both physically and emotionally. He understands, better than anyone, what we’re going through. I’m so thankful for that!

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  1. Rosanne

    So true! Thank you for the reminder, Jorja!


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