Just watched the Passion of Christ again. We watch it every Easter. It is always so hard to watch the beatings, the horrible treatment that Jesus endured through the capture, the trials, and the crucifixion. All the evil that took place. The tears flow and once again I shout, "Lord I am not worthy of your love. I Thank You for all that your endured for our sins."
While watching the movie I ask how people can be so evil. How could one or more get such satisfaction out of torturing another being. How when obviously one is near death the beatings continue on. The laughter that took place, the happiness received from such devastation.
And yet these things continue on today. You hear of people being beaten to death. A person is knocked to the ground, beaten, kicked in the head, spit on. Have we not learned yet. It is sad how easy it is to be of the flesh, of the world. Humans, meager mortals.
There is another way that we beat people down and that is with our tongues. Once again I'm reminded of the destruction we can cause with a simple slip of the tongue. Gossip, talking poorly of another, speaking out in anger, etc. Guilty of that very thing, my heart hurts asking, "Why? Why do I continue to do these things?" My heart belongs to the Lord, yet I still will slander another out of anger and hurt.
Some of us try hard to curb our tongues and not talk of others. There is a difference between discussing problems in the family and trying to come together to work the problems out or with a friend. But it turns to slander when we put that person(s) down and talk badly of them because we don't like what they are doing.
We must be a repentant soul, on our knees asking for forgiveness and working ever so hard on having the heart of the Lord, to love one another and yes, especially our enemies, for they do not know and need help. It is our place to walk in the ways of the Lord and help those in need.
Matthew 16:24-27 NKJV
24Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole word, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchanger for his soul?
27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."
A trip with my grand kids and friends one day. The youngest girl, "Easter is all about candy and egg hunts." One of the boys that does not believe, (a friend of theirs) says, "No it isn't, it's about the Resurrection of Christ." Be still my heart. I was so elated to hear that. I then told her, he's right. It's not about candy and egg hunts, it's about the crucifixion of Christ for he died for our sins and then rose again. Silence, pure silence. The children sitting there letting it soak in. Then, "Oh wow, really Omah?" Yes sweety, that is what Easter is all about. We are to give thanks for His great sacrifice that He made up there on that cross for us.
Will you pick up your cross and carry it. Come join me in cleansing our souls, washing our hands of all the filth that we allow to cross our paths, giving up ourselves and carrying our cross following our Lord and Savior, giving thanks to the Lord our God!
I wish you all a Blessed and Happy Easter. Be thankful for all you have and do not fret over the little things, worrying about what you want, but rather dwelling on what you have to give.