In the last week or so, my eyes and heart have been more fully opened to the daily struggles that oftentimes hinder joy, happiness and an intimate relationship with Jesus. In fact, many times the circumstances of life are proclaimed as the reason for lack of faith…souls in despair and darkness choose to blame God for their plight instead of inviting God into their lives and submitting their sins, struggle, and pain to Him. Through that choice…made in stubbornness, fear, pride, or through the pain and deception of the evil one, darkness overtakes the life and very soul, leading to a life devoid of true love and joy.
These struggling souls do not need our condemnation. What they need is prayer, that the Holy Spirit may cover them with love and peace, and that their hearts are opened to the intense love, mercy, and saving grace that only Jesus can provide. They hunger for us to be strong enough in our relationship with Christ, that we can overlook the darkness and look for the spark of Jesus in their hearts. They need our faith to be strong enough to be a light in their darkness…that we love and not judge.
We have no idea how these souls arrived at the place where they are suffering and ‘stuck.’ They may or may not know. However, the Holy Spirit knows the depth of each and every soul, and knows the root causes of choices made and the events that led to the damage in their hearts.
All of us have experienced pain, despair and darkness at different times in our lives. It is only the saving grace of Jesus that set us free. It is only the divine mercy and love of Jesus that fills our hearts and beings with an indescribable joy and peace.
This is the essence of Christianity…the desire to share this amazing love with as many hearts as we can.
Let’s take this day to offer our prayers to the Lord for someone in our lives that is suffering and in darkness. Maybe we have tried to share Jesus with them, and they scoff or close their hearts. They may even show intense anger when the name of Jesus is spoken. Maybe we have provided for their needs, and given what we thought they needed, in love. However, those things are not their true need.
We must remember that their souls are crying out for the healing love of Jesus, even when they proclaim the opposite.
Let’s never forget where the TRUE SOURCE of love resides…
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8