For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. (John 4:18 KJV)
God loves sinners but HATES sin. He has a special interest in MESSED UP PEOPLE!
When I sat with the client and allowed them to talk, the person was all broken up inside. Quite a challenging, difficult, messed up past I thought, full of bad choices. The client explained to me that everyone with whom they spoke offered a negative word and brought more discouragement to them. The person, sitting about five feet away from me, who was talking all throughout the HOPE SESSION with their head bowed, finally looked up and asked, "Brother Wallace, Is There Any Hope For Me?"
The word HOPE hit my back bone. You know that is one of my favorite words. I quickly responded with a smile and said, "YES THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!"
You see friend, once there is life there is HOPE. God's individual package for us, is ALWAYS filled with grace and mercy. When we make mistakes, whether simple or serious mistakes, society has a way to make us feel like that is the end of the world. People gather in small circles to discuss our issues. They take up their phones to lam blast us. Some of them willfully laugh and make commenets in front of our faces and do all in their power to keep us down. You know what I'm talking about. If it were for society, when people fall, they would never rise again.
Note Well: Some of them who are doing all of that to you, are smiling and hugging you and keeping a good chat with you when they see you. You call that type - WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. Be careful - If you ask me, from my experience, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!
That's why I always encourage people to establish a relationship with JESUS in the earlies. He is the TRUEST FRIEND and SUPPORT that there is and that there ever will be. He Loves Messed Up People.
I am a firm believer in HOPE FOR ALL. I don't care what you've been through in life or what you have done. God is a gracious and merciful God. He remembered the thief on the cross - Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
He remembered the sick - John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
He remembered those in debt - 2 Kings 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
And we can go on and on. The point I am trying to get across here friend, is this. No matter your state, Jesus can make the difference! In an interesting turn of events in John 4, we see Jesus meets up with a prostitute, or who many people call a whore. He identifies the issue in her life. For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. (John 4:18 KJV)
If Jesus were like man, he would have called Peter and James and John on his cell phone and said, "Ayeee......I see a prostitute in town, she's by the well, Stay far!" He didn't do that, he didn't care about the situation. Jesus wanted to make a difference. He offers her a new life - living water. John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Friend, this week, I've been dealing with several cases where society, church members, neighbours, co-workers, even ministers of the gospel have been making people feel worthless. What they have been saying and doing has been discouraging people from living on and sometimes even going back to church.
One client told me - Brother Khrystus, I'll never go back to church. I understood them. I understood them well. If I were them, I'd probably not put my foot back in that particular church too. I didn't deal with that issue while dealing with another. That's another appointment all by itself to help get that person into a proper church that CARES.
We need to control our tongues and open up our BOWELS of COMPASSION and help, minister and encourage hurting and distressed folks. 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
If it were us, we would want mercy too - RIGHT? Friend, if you are going through a challenging time in your life - DON'T GIVE UP! KEEP TRUSTING IN GOD!
Remember this - Daniel wasn't always in the lion's den. The Shunamite Woman wasn't always without money. Joseph wasn't always in prison. The Woman at The Well - The Prostitute - The Whore - got delivered. Rahab the harlot was also delivered. Jonah received mercy after he had run away. Peter was forgiven after lying and God still used him to preach one sermon and lead thousands to Christ. Paul has a past of persecuting Christians and God forgave him and used him to lead and guide so many into a relationship with him.
I hope you see where I am going. God loves messed up people and is longing to use them still. Simply REPENT and ask God to forgive you or restore your relationship with him and watch God make the difference in your life.
Don't worry - all those who have something negative to say about you, will live to eat their words. You are not worst than ANYONE ELSE. Many of those who condemn you, have their secret sins that have not been exposed as yet. Once you accept Jesus, walk with your head up high and a big smile on your face even in your distress. Be very careful who you tell your business and situation too. Ask God for a spirit of discernment. Your badmouthers will need you when things turn around. THEY WILL NEED YOU! Sooner or later!
There is Hope Ahead For You! When no one else seems to care - JESUS DOES! You will make it pass this hurdle. You will triumph over your woes and you won't have to raise a muscle - God will fight your battle and WIN!
Hope is AHEAD!