Showing posts with label broken heart. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dealing with offense : Meditation John chapter 6:58-71

1. Jesus taught about eating his flesh in the synagogue. (V59)
2. Many of the disciples said that it is a very hard saying and who could hear it. (V60)
3. Jesus asked them if this teaching can offend them then how will they react when they see him ascending up to heaven. ( V61, 62)
4. Jesus said the spirit quickens us and the flesh profits nothing. The WORD of GOD is spirit and is life. (V63)
5. Jesus knew before time who don't believe in him and the one that will betray him. (V64)
6. That is when Jesus told them that no one can come to him unless given to him by his father. ( V65)
7. Many of disciples got offended and they walked no more with him. (V66)
8. Jesus then asked the twelve disciples if they will also go away, for which Peter said, where they can go as CHRIST has words of eternal life. (V67,68)
9. He also said that they believe that he is Christ the son of God. (V69)
10. Jesus then said though being chosen to be among the twelve Christ said there is one that will betray him and he is a devil. (V70)
11. Jesus talked about Judas Iscariot who will be betraying Christ though being one among the twelve. (V71)

LIFE APPLICATION:
Are you offended? Are you hurt deep within? Are your emotions broken because of things happening around you, to you and in you? Then today's meditation is for you. Today let us see how to handle internal hurts God's way.

1. Why do we get offended?

A. People can offend us intentionally or unintended.
Jesus said offences will come. We can in no way avoid being offended. But woe unto the one by whom the offence come.

Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Matthew:18:7

B. When we are offended in our hearts ...we end up with broken hearts as David says,

Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
Psalm:69:20

We get hurt because of reproach.
Our heart becomes heavy. We try to find comfort in someone or something, but we do not find any.

C. We can offend ourselves.
Sorrow of heart can make our spirit broken.

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs:15:13

D. We can even be offended with God... if we do not have the right perception about him.

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mark:6:3

And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
Mark:14:27

E. We can be offended to that extent to leave God when persecutions come and our faith is tested for the word sake.

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
Mark:4:17

F. We get offended because of our own lusts... when we are unable to feed them.

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
James:4:1

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
James:4:2

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
James:4:3

2. How do we know we are offended?

Do not deny you are hurt. Initially hurt  portrays as anger and bitterness; but it leaves us with a deep sorrow and brokenness within.

A. We feel our spirit is broken.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs:15:13

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm:51:17

B. We feel sorrow and bitterness in our soul.

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
1 Samuel:1:10

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
Proverbs:14:10

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
Isaiah:38:17

C. Sorrow dries up our bones. We feel we are all dried up and nothing left to be happy in us.

Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.
Job:17:7

3. How do we handle hurts and offenses?
Here are a few ways in the light of the scriptures how to handle emotional hurts.

A. Identify and acknowledge your deeper hurts and transgressions before God.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psalm:51:3

B. Choose to forgive and let go everyone who caused you the hurt... even if you are hurt by yourself or offended with God.

So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
Genesis:50:17

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John:1:9

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mark:11:25

C. Allow God to work and heal your broken heart.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psalm:51:8


Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalm:51:12

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
Psalm:6:2

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
Psalm:41:4

The WORD of GOD says it is God who healeth your heart.

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm:147:3

So run to him for healing and comfort. This is why the comforter has come. To heal us and to fill us with joy.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
John:16:20

Jesus speaks about the comforter, the Holy Spirit that we will not be offended by him.

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
John:16:1

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John:16:7

So we have PEACE and comfort in Christ through the spirit of God.

D. Work on having a correct perception about God.
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
Mark:4:17

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mark:6:3

Jesus said blessed is he who is not offended by him.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Matthew:11:6

3. How can we avoid being offended or atleast stay not being offended?

A. Love the word of God:

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalm:119:165

B. Be rooted in Christ that nothing can shake us.

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
Mark:4:17

So be rooted and grounded in the love of CHRIST.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians:3:17

C. Ask God to reveal you more of him.

What was revealed to Peter was not revealed to the people who were offended by Christ. (V66)

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
John:6:68

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew:16:17

Dear Child of God,
You may be hurting and broken within. But rise up.... you have a heavenly  father who heals broken hearts and sets captives free. Come to the healing streams.... and be healed. GOD BLESS YOU!