“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
I asked God, “Do Your feelings ever get hurt?” I began thinking about the whole dying to self thing. Am I too sensitive? Maybe. I certainly don’t want to be. I want to be full of love, joy and peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control; no matter what. I want to glorify God even when my heart is wounded.
How did Jesus act and react when He was mocked? He spoke not a word. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and by His stripes we are healed. HEALED. I am whole in Christ and I must operate through His healing, the healing He provided for me on the cross.
Love unconditionally, the way you want people to love you, the way Jesus loves us, even when we don’t love Him back. It’s how He first loved us. It’s how He loves us still.
Back to my initial question. Do God’s feelings get hurt? I’ve actually heard someone preach that it’s a sin to get your feelings hurt. Is it really a sin? Are we to be so dead to ourselves that we have no feelings? Jesus was fully God and fully man. I believe He hurt like we hurt.
We need to examine what Jesus did with hurt.
He talked to His Father. He cast His cares upon Him and refused to rely upon on His earthly feelings. They are not what propelled Him. He released toxic feelings to the First Person of the Trinity. He unconditionally loved the people God had given Him. He released the hurt and anger rather than carrying a grudge. Those grudges only hurt you.
He wants you to realize every hurt needs to be released into the hands of the One who cares. Sooner than later. “Now is the acceptable time” to let go. He longs to give you “beauty for ashes and strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair.”
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, thank You for understanding hurt feelings. Thank You for making a way for their release. Thank You for being my best Friend; a Friend for all times. Forgive me for all the times I have harbored ill feelings; based upon past hurts. I dwell in the shelter of the Most High God. In Your house; their is joy unspeakable and full of glory. In Jesus Name. Amen!