A DEVOTION: FORGIVE & LOVE THEM ANYWAY

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

These were people from Jesus’ own tribe. If they did this to Him, it’s probably also happened or is happening to you. They’ll do practically everything for the foreigners, but they’ll ignore you, judge you, reject you, exclude you, falsely accuse you and even assassinate your character. Am I talking to somebody?

Jesus in Matthew 10:22 “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Yes, it hurts and rightly so BUT you must rise above the pain of rejection, exclusion, judgment, false accusation and betrayal and LOVE them anyway. Keep blessing and humbling yourself. God will lift you up. He’s fighting this battle for you and is raising up those that will stand up for you, so don’t think you have to say or do anything. BE STILL.

Father,

I bless all those that have caused me pain through their actions towards me. I am not defined by how others treat me but by my love-relationship with You, in whom my identity is firmly rooted. And because of what You did for me when You nailed my sins upon the Cross, I choose to forgive those that have sinned against me. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

Anne Janssens
10 June 2020

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