The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
ONE BODY--Burying our Wounded
Luke 10:33,34). It has
been said many times that the Christian army is the only army that kills it's
wounded. How true. In these verses from the famous Good Samaritan story, it is
interesting the religious men who saw the wounded traveler passed by on the
other side. How that is like religious people today. Rather than unconditionally
helping someone who is down, hurting, they sit back and talk about how the
person got that way. They talk about the sins in their life that put them in
that wounded state. They talk with spiritual pride about how they could never do
the things the wounded person did. They almost take joy in seeing their brother
or sister hurting. Trust me, I know that the mail is going to start pouring in
from this devotional before it is even 5 minutes old. People will be outraged
that I had the audacity to say such things. The trouble is they are true!
How easy would it have been for Jesus to condemn the adulterous woman at the well. Instead he talked to her and rather than condemn her, tried to show her another way. Each day in these devotionals, I sometimes point out words, God's, not mine, to try and warn you from behavior that could lead to great heartache and pain. God loved you so much He put these warnings in His Word to try and save you from going through the tragedies so many are going through every day because they chose to ignore God and do it their way. But what is our response to be to the one who has rebelled, the one who has fallen, the one who is hurting? Condemn them? Tell them how stupid they are? Ignore their pain and keep on going with our own life?
I want you to think hard today about how you respond to people who have fallen. Those who are hurting. God still loves them, He didn't stop loving Adam and Eve even though he kicked them out of the garden. God doesn't stop loving us even though we have failed Him. I pray today that you will allow God to use you as an instrument of healing in the life of someone who is hurting today. Right now, this very second, you know someone who needs love, support, and kindness. You know someone who is "laying wounded by the side of the road" that God has placed in your path to minister to. Will you respond to that opportunity the way those religious men did on that dusty Jericho Road? The way so many "religious" people respond today? Or will you be like the Good Samaritan and help that person recover. God is challenging you through these very words to be like the Good Samaritan and help those who are fallen, hurting, needing His love.
Let me challenge you one last time. Find someone today that is hurting and needs help. Go there with the love of Christ and let them know that Jesus loves them, cares for them, and will help them get back on their feet. I love you, am praying for you. I am continually challenged what a few, for the most part, uneducated men who followed a Jewish carpenter 2000 years ago were able to do in regard to touching the world. With the great technology we have toddy, how much can a few sold-out for Jesus people do if we are serious. Let's make a difference, in our own lives, and then in the lives of others.
In His love and presence, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller
reposted from another club.....
I challenge you today .....
" Find someone today that is hurting and needs help. Go there with the love of Christ and let them know that Jesus loves them, cares for them, and will help them get back on their feet."
I have thought of this post shortly after seeing this
my friend for you see, I
have a perfect lesson on this. You see, I have been doing a lot of remodeling.
Two days ago, I hit the WRONG nail.....
1 Cor 12:12-31 tells us we have one body, But many members. Hitting the wrong nail brought this home FAST!
1 Corinthians 12
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Oh, when I felt that
pain, all my body parts went into action to minimize the damage...first, my brain
assessed the damage while at the same time my other hand went over to shield the
injured part from any more potential threats. As that was happening, my mouth
cried out for other bodies for possible help as my feet were headed to the
freezer to get ice. All of this in seconds of time.
Do you know...NONE of the other parts for one second even thought about burying the injured part....As I type this, I am doing it with one hand since it has come to the aide of the injured part and taken over the duties it performed...
My friend...WHY do WE as God's kids want to bury our wounded so often? Should we not do as our physical bodies do, as in my case? Should we not come to the immediate assistance of a wounded member? Should we not comfort them (as commanded by GOD in 2 Cor 1:4)
You know, the US SEAL teams as well as the Army Special Forces have a tradition never to leave a wounded soldier behind. If secular soldiers do this, how much more should We...God's Soldiers make sure ALL our members are accounted for?
Look around your church....are there any that use to come that are no longer there.... Where are they?...has anyone checked to be sure they are not lying wounded somewhere. possibly by FRIENDLY FIRE!? (the term used when soldiers are harmed by fire from their own side)
look around...ask God for discernment to know when a warrior has gone home (their temp. home here) to cry because they have been wounded...often in the thick of a battle that should have been ours but we dropped the ball to "let someone else do it" Comfort them! Lift them up. Encourage them and share their burden.
My LORD, search ME once again....search me and show me if I am guilty. or have been of burying Your wounded and have not repented...and lets us help each other in this battle ....
For the LAMB that LOVE may Abound
Umm I wrote that on 8/10. Finger is still sore and it is still a dark purple. I can however start using it to make my famous typos.
Still, it reminds me of our wounded brothers and sisters. Physical wounds heal, but they take time to do so. Most of the healing goes on inside the body, out of sight. Much of the damage can be out of sight also. I have see many stories of people that have gone to the emergency room because they did not feel right and have left with a "clean bill of health" only to die a short time later of some hidden "wound"
My friend, emotional wounds from any number of things are like that. Abuse esp. as children make for some very powerful strongholds. The habit of us burying our wounded has some people expecting us to do so. Actually they want to be condemned for things they feel and may well be guilty of. These people need love. They need to know that God will forgive them but they need to forgive themselves too.
I got this in e-mail...of course I will not say from whom. "Who is it thats praying for me?
I am being convicted deeply and my soul is stirred... who is praying for me? I cannot rest"
I did contact this persona and he/she expected me to jump all over them when they told me what they did. They expected a volley of stones. I of course could not do that as I am guilty also. Of course we talked about 1 John 1:9 and the effective prayer for hurting people:
We have been teaching about strongholds in chats on Sunday and Monday night. Some of the strongest strongholds have been from abuse. Yet often we blame those who are abused for not "getting over it" Yes it may be true to a degree that at sometime they need to "get over it" and often we need to show "tough love" but remember, wounds heal slowly. We need to pull down the stronghold that is preventing healing. That takes work on both sides and often seeing a counselor in person as it is hard to do so over the net. To find one: http://www.shatterdmen.com/COUNSOLING.htm
I do not have enough time to finish this post right now but I do want to get this on line. I do feel someone out there needs to hear this now...
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