Letter To Our Children

by Pastor Joe | January 12, 2022 | Letters To Our Children

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January 12, 2022

 

There's a Korean word my grandma taught me. It's called Jung. it's the connection between two people that can't be severed even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them; You can't ever completely shake them loose of you; You will always have tenderness in your heart for them. 

-Jenny Han

  P.S. I Still Love You

 

 Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:8

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Hello friends!

 

Relationships with other people can be rough. When the world was new, relationships struggled terribly. It has been the same ever since, and the Bible never hides this fact.

 

Relationships would struggle so terribly that the taking of another person’s life, murder, was often the result. There are many murders recorded in the Bible.

 

The first murder, the murder of Abel, was done by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1-16). If we read something like that in a newspaper, we would be shocked.

 

Why are relationships so hard? The short answer is we are sinners. As sinners, we have a strong loyalty only to ourselves. We want what we want; we think we are always (or at least mostly right), and we want to rule like God. Our hearts are twisted towards ourselves. If we are opposed, we will strike back.

 

Jesus would liken anger towards a person to murder. (Matthew 5:22) And who among us has never been angry at others.

 

Ironically, Jesus died in the place of murder. Barabbas in the New Testament was a prisoner mentioned in all four Gospels. In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was in prison for murder along with the rebels who murdered during the insurrection against the occupying Roman forces. Barabbas was chosen by the crowd over Jesus Christ to be released by Pontius Pilate. It was a traditional pardon before the feast of Passover.

 

Anger in relationships is a terrible reality. Jesus' entire mission assumed that human beings are not capable of restoring their broken relationships not only with each other but with God. Therefore, He did what we could never do. He died in the place of people who hated Him, opposed Him, and wanted nothing to do with Him. Outside of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world.

 

Jesus taught that we would have relationships where people would be our enemies. He had enemies, and He was perfect in His love for all men and women. Therefore, He acknowledged we would have them and tells those who follow Him, to love (our) enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

 

Right now, I am thanking God for the gift of righteousness in the person and work of Christ, for the grace of repentance, the promise that He gives His people, and His instruction to pray for our enemies and love them well, just as He does.

 

In all honesty, the Christian life is like a marathon. The race is not easy, and our struggle with ongoing sin can be exhausting, but by God's grace, we keep going. Meet any Christian with soft eyes and a tender heart, and you will almost certainly find they have been roughed up by their enemies but came to that kindness through the experience of their brokenness, prayers for and love of their enemies.

 

God always does some of His best work when we are honest about the way we truly are.

 

 

God bless you today.

 

Your friend,

Pastor Joe

P.S. My two best friends in elementary school were named, David and Joel.