Me to We - Part 5
Jesus, help us sense Your presence today. We long to know You more and live in a way that glorifies Your name. By Your spirit teach us Your ways and draw us to You.
Read: 1 Peter 1:22 NIV
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
Peter wrote to Christians who had been scattered far from home through the persecution of the church. They were persecuted by the Romans, fellow Jews and even their families for trusting in the name of Jesus. They had walked through fire and emerged purified. They had walked through trial together and developed a sincere, deep love for each other.
Looking back, what do you recall as the closest times with your family, dear friends or church small group? I suspect in many cases you will recall the hardest times. The times that required you to lean on each other.
That’s the way with trials. That’s the way with relationships. God seems to place a high value on facing difficulties and He uses them in the life of the one walking through them and also in the life of the one who comes alongside.
I know this to be true, but I confess that when I see someone going through a trial, whether it be a job loss, a death in the family, a child gone astray or a struggling marriage, my first tendency is not to move toward that person or situation. It’s easier to keep some distance and hope someone else steps in.
But this is where we grow close and learn to love each other deeply, when we walk side by side through difficulties. Have you been there? Did you step in? Was it worth it?
When Jesus was raised from the dead, His body still bore wounds He received on the cross. He said to Thomas (who was on record as being full of doubt), “Touch my wounds and know that it is Me.” John 20:27 NIV Jesus identified Himself by His wounds and invited Thomas to experience His wounds with him. Jesus didn’t scold Thomas for his doubt. He invited Thomas to come close. “Touch my wounds and know Me.”
The same is true for us. Touch me where I’m wounded and you will know me deeply.
Lord, Your ways are not our ways. We would not choose the way of trials, but we know that You use them to purify us and draw us near to You. Help us to find You in our trials and walk alongside our brothers and sisters who are experiencing trials. Lord, knit our hearts together as we follow You.