Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Word of Encouragement

Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. How?

He was tempted in every way as we are but he did not sin. Some people wonder how Jesus could understand our struggle with sin since He Himself is sinless. A surgeon may have performed hundreds of operations without ever having had surgery himself. On the other hand, a person may know nothing of surgery in spite of having had many operations himself. If you were to be operated on, which person would you choose to perform the surgery? Merely experiencing something doesn't necessarily give us an understanding of it. Jesus never sinned, yet He understands sin better than any of us. He has seen it more clearly and fought it more diligently than any of us ever could.

Jesus knows about your temptation. He sees your struggles; he sees where you are falling and he is able to help you overcome the things that defeat you. He sees your struggles with drugs and alcohol; he knows the shame you feel about the things that weaken you; that relationship that is not good for you; your struggles with over eating; your search for significance, your lust for more and more things. He knows your strength is almost gone. He says to you come to me and I will give you rest. Come to me and I will forgive, cleanse, renew, restore and change you. A broken and contrite heart our God will not despise.