What would you say if I told you, God can sympathize with the afflictions of the afflicted and the burdens of the downcast in heart?
It’s true. Jesus suffered at the hands of merciless sinners, for the sins of all mankind but he was not just bullied, beaten and abused but also hung brutally on a cross made for criminals.
Now, I have been bullied and mistreated in my life, but nothing like that. I have been insulted and mocked by people but not even close to that degree. However, I want to offer the encouragement that Jesus can understand human suffering. He knows exactly how it feels to be mistreated for no reason at all.
Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed our messageand to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot,and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faceshe was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our painand bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God,stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
“By his wounds we are healed” it concludes.
When we are dealing with emotional wounds from mistreatment or abuse, we know he can heal our wounds and bandage our hearts with his love and grace.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenheartedand binds up their wounds.
May I offer a word of encouragement, no matter who has wronged you or abused you, whether a bully at school, a parent, someone we trusted like a loved one or friend, God can heal your heart and use them for good. We must cooperate with the doctor though, we must give him access to our infected sores in our bleeding hearts.
We must not blame ourselves for other people’s sin, for we are responsible only for how we have wronged God and others. We cannot take the blame for evil things done at the hands of others though.
Jeremiah 31:29-30 “In those days people will no longer say,‘ The parents have eaten sour grapes,and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.
A parent or family member who abuses a child is guilty alone. It is not a child’s fault when a parent or relative does wrong to them, nor is it our faults when people at school, work, or any other place treat us in a sinful fashion. God will hold each person accountable for themselves and not others poor choices. So someone out here needing to hear this, I say, it is not your fault you were abused, childhood abuse often brings false guilt that we were a contributor to the victimizer’s actions. This is a lie, so do not believe it.
God loves you my friend(s) and the value he sets on your life cannot be altered by others. It is God who gives you significance, purpose and value, so do not let others rob you of this!