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The Cost of Redemption

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I couldn’t sleep last night my heart heavy and feeling the need to do something as I tossed and turned I sought the Lord for answers… if we seek Him we will find Him.

Understand that I grew up in New York, I grew up with people from many nations and tongues. We were married by a minister also our friend, who was African American. For us no color or race but fellow human beings. We respect and love both the young, the elderly and all in between. We treat all people, children and adults with respect, kindness and dignity.

I am hurting because of sin, I don’t understand this kind of hatred for any human being. I don’t understand the anger in the face of a captor… my heart races now even as I write this because there is not just one family grieving but many folks, many feeling unsteady and betrayed at the hands of the people we trust… mere humans. For the children who are betrayed by parents, their protectors, women abused by their spouses and countless people who have suffered at the hand of one they trusted.

I had a hard time grasping that type of hatred until I read in the scripture how Jesus was betrayed, beaten and left to hang on the cross. The anger in their voices as they cried ‘crucify him’. Jesus was our example. He prayed for His accusers and those that hung Him on the cross. If not for Jesus where would I be? We are all in need of a savior. Oh that we would come to know Him. Jesus is the One we can always trust.

Yes, my heart is heavy, but not just because of this abuse of power, for this is a cumulative response to a much deeper problem called sin.

May the spirit of the Lord move upon us and prompt us to action. Action that prayfully replaces apathy in a hurting world. Action that prompts us to pray, forgive, give hope, that offers the power of redemption and healing, after all that’s why Jesus was nailed to the cross by those who hated Him.

I ask myself what action can I, should I take? Not just now but every day. Jesus we need you. Show us your ways. God’s ways are so much higher than our ways, His thoughts so much deeper.  His Word says,

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17).

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the Lord , and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you (1 Samuel 12:22‭-‬24).

 

BY LINDA BROWN

This article was originally published at Healing Words 247

MORE TO LIFE ADMIN NOTE:

Lord, hear our cry
Come heal our land
Breath life into these dry
And thirsty souls

Lord, hear our prayer
Forgive our sins
And as we call on Your name
Would make this a place for
Your glory to dwell

Open the blinds eyes
Unlock the deaf ears
Come to Your people
As we draw near

Hear us from heaven
And touch our generation
We are Your people
Crying out in desperation

A prayer for the nations of the world written in a song by

Francis Eg White / Jade Anderson
Hear Us From Heaven lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group

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