By: Ruth P. McDonald
We’ve thought this week about relationships, and how weeds damage and hurt us. These weeds are prevalent because of sin. How often these same weeds creep up in our relationship with Jesus. We sometimes don’t care for the relationship like we should. We compare Him to the world, and often long for foolish, temporary things. We hold Him responsible for life’s struggles, finding it hard to forgive Him for allowing them. We’ve been dishonest with Him, holding back from confessing truth to Him. And oh, the words I’ve spoken too quickly—and yet, even then, He knows my heart.
Each of these He died for. He willingly walked to Calvary, climbing the hill that would hold His cross. He thought of me in His dying moments—with compassion and tender care. The cost of His sacrifice was so great, and yet He held nothing back when He shed His blood for me there. “Oh Jesus, forgive our sins and our careless behavior, and help us to properly handle relationships with care. May we truly recall Your death, and the price You paid for our “weeds.” God, You are so good to us and You love us. May we truly have a desire to live and love like You. We thank You, dear Father, for giving us everything we need to live in Christ. Amen.”
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, ESV)