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Supreme Empathy

February 22, 2012


“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus The Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  Hebrews 4: 14-16

I find great comfort in this passage.  Jesus, unlike other so called spiritual leaders of other faiths, knows exactly what we have to go through in this life. He knows because He allowed Himself to go through life just like us and to be tempted in EVERY way.  Jesus emptied Himself and He walked through life fully human so that He would know exactly how we experience the ups and downs of life.  Jesus faced life head on as a human being and because of that He is fully able to empathize with us on any number of levels.  Quite simply if it happened to us it is as if it happened Him too.  

I know that when I go through trials of any kind, including PTSD flashbacks, that He is there with me every step of the way.  We don’t serve a God who is distant and far off.  No, He is our ever present help and hope in our time of need.  We are never alone in our struggles and we can always turn to Him no matter what is going on in our lives.  When we are battered and bruised in this life He wraps His loving arms around us and shelters us from every storm and blow.  

We need not be shy or timid when approaching our Lord and King with our needs and troubles.  For Jesus has cleared the pathway for us and He welcomes us with open arms.  His blood covers everything that we have ever done or will do.  He knows our darkest of secrets and yet still forgives us every time.  I know that when I am in the midst of flashbacks and struggles that HE is always there with me and because of that I have hope.

One of the things I love about relational fellowship is how we can come before Him together and pray about anything.  When we can verbalize our needs openly and pray to Him in total agreement amazing things can happen. I know, I have seen it.

Love and ……

Kirk Out !


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