The most important relationship we have is with Our Lord, who loves and understands us so.
Today I share a section from a book I love by Earl Henslin, called Forgiven and Free. It says it all. I hope it encourages you today!
“It may be difficult for some of us to believe this truth deep inside, but Jesus thoroughly understands our struggles. He cares about our hurts and our fears and wants to heal that hurting part of us with His love. It doesn’t matter if we were severely traumatized as children, if our parents were alcoholics, or if we grew up in a family that simply didn’t know how to handle feelings. He loves us. He understands. We don’t have to justify our hurts to Him.
Jesus knows what we have been through. He knows what it was like to grow up in a dysfunctional family. He has felt more shame than most of us can imagine. He knows how hard it is to set boundaries. He knows what it means to be misunderstood. Hebrews 4:15-16 expresses His understanding perfectly!
‘For we do not have a high Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’
This is our Jesus. A Jesus who understands what it means to feel hated. A Jesus who knows what it is like to be beaten. A Jesus who faced, even as an infant, a crowd of people crying out for His death! A Jesus who faced the rage of an entire race that sought to destroy Him because they thought that if they punished Him enough—if He were dead—their lives would be better.
A Jesus who faced the anger of the “authorities” because He set the right boundaries that make life safe—the boundaries that protect the innocent and allow God’s work to be done.
A Jesus who was gentle and made little children feel safe and loved.
A Jesus who was compassionate. A Jesus who could touch the soul of the woman at the well—a woman who thought she was untouchable. A Jesus who could heal the lepers (the AIDS patients of the day).
A Jesus who was tested by the devil in the wilderness. A Jesus who knows how hard it is to be alone and needy. A Jesus who knows how tempting it is to take the easy shortcut and medicate the need—whether it be with food, drugs, alcohol, work, praise, sex—rather than face the pain and draw the line—one moment, one temptation at a time.
A Jesus who could feed thousands, yet turn around and reach out a saving hand to one desperate disciple. Yes, this is our Jesus.
A Jesus who lived in perfect balance with His relationship with God, Himself, and with others. A Jesus who even today can bring healing to the depths of our hearts. A Jesus to whom we can confidently take our deepest and darkest hurts, knowing that we will receive his mercy and understanding.
A Jesus who offers the strength to change. A Jesus who offers a grace that is more than sufficient for our recovery and healing. A Jesus who is the foundation of healthy relationships.
A Jesus who becomes more real when we, as people who have been touched by his healing grace, reach out and minister to one another—giving and receiving the support we need to continue our journey of healing and recovery.
Yes, this is Jesus, a son of David and the Son of God, who brings the hope of healing to every heart.”
~ Forciven and Free by Earl Henslin, Psy.D., pages 227 – 228
I hope this passage is a comfort to you, as it is to me.
I’d love to hear from you. What is your response to hearing who Jesus is, and how He feels about you?
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