As we look around at the state of affairs of our great country, we see violence, protests, strife and unrest, but if we look past these outward actions, It is my desire that we can see that these things are only the symptoms of a hurting heart and inward strife—broken lives who have lost hope. And it makes no difference in our skin color because a heart is a heart, and what comes forth from our hearts is either love or hate. In Luke 6:45 Jesus said, “For whatever a man speaketh comes from his heart.” (Whatever lies in the heart of a man comes forth through his speech and actions.)
It breaks my heart when I see violent speech and actions, especially from movie stars because I know that their actions come from seeds of hate—I’m guessing caused by disappointed and broken lives who may have never been shown what real love is, or they’re lives have been a cycle of abuse. And what is heartbreaking is that hate trickles down from generation to generation. For some, hate becomes a way of life if it’s allowed to grow and fester. It’s a poison that seeps into society and people’s lives, endangering those around it.
David cried out to God in Psalm 25:17, “The troubles of my heart are enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses.” Do those who live in strife call out to God? Has anyone ever shown them “a more excellent way?”
Everyone Has a Story and a Past…
And, like it or not, our past shapes us into who we will become, good or bad… and, like it or not, it’s part of life’s process of growth. Without God’s intervention, however, we are doomed to become prisoners within ourselves and trapped.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” John 1:5. Before anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they live in a world of darkness; in sin. And sin separates us from God. Seeing the Light (God) becomes difficult through the lens of darkness but not impossible.
When we witness the state of our society, we know that the world needs Jesus, but many in the world don’t know. Can you imagine living in a world with God’s or Jesus’s presence? I’m sure many haven’t given it much thought.
When turns their face into the light of Christ, things change; lives change. A whole new world opens up. I mean, how could anyone know what it’s like to live for God, to serve a living God when all they’ve done is reject Him? How can they know what it’s like if they’ve never experienced Him?
Which has brought me to this question, “Do those who are entangled in the things of this world really know what they’re missing by rejecting Jesus as their personal Savior? Can they really understand what it’s like to live for Him?” No. How could they know the joy that comes from it when they don’t know Him? How could they know what it’s like to have a loving God that is willing by His grace to wash them; cleanse them from hate that has filled them? How can they even understand His infinite love? How can they know what it feels like to walk beside Him, or, to have Him walk beside them to guide and protect them?
They Don’t Know
In the book I’m working on, my two main characters lives change in opposite directions that they weren’t expecting. When a daughter gets caught up in the world around her, and puts God on the back-burner, her life takes a turn when she wonders what the world would be like without God’s presence and Jesus’ influence and protection.
Things may not always go our way. We will have uphill battles. We will experience the bad with the good, and tough times are imminent, but when the rubber truly meets the road, to whom shall we run to? Lean on? Where will we find our strength? From the world? Putting our faith and trust in this world will surely toss us about on the open seas of life without a safety raft?
Or, will we turn to the only One who can save us?
People want to blame God for disasters. Sometimes life just happens because of the forces of the natural law—nature. Other times, bad things happen to good people because we’ve made the wrong choice. (He has given us the will to choose.)
God, and His Son Jesus shines light on a dark world. There are many hurting hearts desperate for the love of Christ only they just don’t know it, yet.
Let us share Jesus with those who are hurting. Many will turn their backs and walk away never knowing what it’s like to trust in our Savior, to find comfort in times of trouble, and many of His blessings. But there will be those who will listen. But whether they do or not, planting seeds is the key.
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” ~ John 14:6
We must try and stop the cycle. We must reach into the heart and try to discover the underlying cause for the seed of hate.
Hurting hearts need Jesus.
Do You Remember?
Do you remember the first time you heard about Jesus? Or when you accepted Him as your Savior? Share your answer in the comments below. And if you know someone who might benefit from this post, please pass it along. We may be the only Jesus that crosses their path.
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