What if you don’t make the cut?!
What if you talked to someone – expressed words about your feelings of guilt, or heart ache, tensions, unworthiness, outrageous pain, or unfulfilled dreams instead of letting blood run across your skin?
What if you took that chance – to talk to someone that has walked a little farther than you have? How do you know they haven’t bled? I’m sure you know that looks are deceiving. Other people have often suffered more than you know, and Jesus has a heart to save you, not condemn you.
Jn 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. NKJV
What if you’re being lied to, and you really could walk out of the shadows and into the light? You can make your weary bones travel just a little bit farther, into the loving arms of forgiveness and healing. Reach out from the darkness!
Col 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV
Jesus already did the bleeding for you. Jesus was already bruised, cut, spit on, lied about, rejected, and tortured. He knows, and because Jesus endured, His people will endure with you – they are there for you. They are not perfect, but they have the love of Christ for you. They are not psychologists, but they are compassionate; and willing to walk the long mile with you.
Mt 12:20-21 “A bruised reed He will not break,
and smoking flax He will not quench,
till He sends forth justice to victory;
and in His name Gentiles will trust.” NKJV
You think you’re too far gone? Wrong! If you’re breathing, ever so shallowly, it’s not too late. You don’t even have to wipe up the blood. Just put down the razor, and show up.
There were 2 criminals crucified with Jesus, having been found guilty by the courts. As they took their last breaths, with blood running down their bodies, one mocked Jesus and the other cried out for mercy. Jesus gave mercy. Jesus is always ready to give us mercy. If He could extend forgiveness from the unbearable, blood-soaked pain of the cross, He will always be ready to be compassionate. Even while being crucified, Jesus was thinking about others, and hoping for their redemption.
Lk 23:39-43 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” NKJV
What have you got to lose? Don’t make the cut.
Ps 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger,
and abounding in mercy. NKJV
Don’t make the cut! Make the call.
April 28, 2021