I don’t deserve this situation. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this pain. Neither did Jesus. But Jesus took it all anyway. And He took it with love – for us. And He took it with forgiveness – for us. And He took it with mercy – for us. And He took it with compassion – for us. I don’t deserve this treatment. But what if I took it all anyway – with love, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion?
What if I realized the one hurting me is the one who needs love, healing, salvation, deliverance, freedom, mercy, and forgiveness? What if I took it all anyway and gave what Jesus has given to me? What if I laid down my life for this person who gives me such unfair treatment? What if instead of hating this person, I chose to love the person instead? What if instead of vengeance, I chose forgiveness? What if instead of fighting back, I chose mercy? What if instead of turning away with bitterness, I showed compassion? What if the one hurting me is the one God has chosen for me to pour out His love upon?
Jesus didn’t deserve anything He got, but He laid down His life anyway. How about you?