I’m hurting. You’re hurting. Everyone, it seems, is hurting.
While we remain so sensitive to our own pain, let’s pause for just a moment to consider the pain God accepts when He adopts us as sons and daughters.
God knows that answering our cries for mercy and saving our souls will cause Him more suffering than ten thousand women in labor.
We will betray him. We will resist him. We will fall away on many levels. He will pursue us, He will discipline us, accept us back and forgive us.
He will ache as we bring untold misery into our lives through our disobedience because now He is watching a daughter or a son ruin their worlds. Every act of rebellion, every unkind word we utter to others, every self-sabotage is like one more dagger thrust in His side. We’re his children. He can’t stop caring.
Still, He will be patient even as we blame Him for the pain we brought into our own lives by going our own way. He warned us. We pretended we didn’t hear. And then we blame Him for the fallout.
Still, He loves. Still, He pursues.
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SOURCE: Church Leaders, Gary Thomas