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Can You Feel Blessed When People Hurt You? (Y1.T1.D28)


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When we trust our hearts into the hands of another human we risk receiving pain in return.


I will never forget the day I was served with divorce papers. I had finally married a believer. I had prayed regularly with him and for him. Yet he never shared with me the depth of unhappiness he regularly felt. Even after he hired a lawyer, his only words were, “I don’t want this anymore,” with no other explanation.


A seismic tremor rolled through me and my children with aftershocks felt throughout our church family. I’d been through this kind of abandonment pain many times in my life, and I braced myself for the harsh emptiness to begin, but it didn’t. Blessing after blessing met me each morning.


Don’t get me wrong. It hurt—a lot.


Yet as I stood in the rubble left at the end of a twenty-year relationship, God’s blessings blossomed. Love flowed to me from true friendships. Resources abounded. Peace and purpose remained. It has been hard for me to completely comprehend how I could feel so blessed amid such a traumatic and painful experience. Yet, I was. I am.


Jesus was not joking when he told the world blessings would come from the most unlikely circumstances. The poor, the hungry, the persecuted are promised immeasurable things. And while God isn’t the author of broken relationships, he provides peace through the pain. When I stay close to the Lord, eternal blessings reign. And when one human chooses not to love me, God sends me others who will.


He’s Got You.


17 He came down with them, and stood on a level place, with a crowd of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; 18 as well as those who were troubled by unclean spirits, and they were being healed. 19 All the multitude sought to touch him, for power came out of him and healed them all. (Luke 6:17–19)


1 Hear Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:1–5)


20 He lifted up his eyes to his disciples, and said,

“Blessed are you who are poor, God’s Kingdom is yours. (Luke 6:20)


Matthew 5:6 , Luke 6:21


7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:7–10)


3 You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field. 4 You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed. 6 You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out. (Deuteronomy 28:3–6)


Matthew 5:1112, Luke 6:2223


14 With a loud voice, the Levites shall say to all the men of Israel, 15 ‘Cursed is the man who makes an engraved or molten image, an abomination to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’

All the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’

16 ‘Cursed is he who dishonors his father or his mother.’

All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

17 ‘Cursed is he who removes his neighbor’s landmark.’

All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

18 ‘Cursed is he who leads the blind astray on the road.’

All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

19 ‘Cursed is he who withholds justice from the foreigner, fatherless, and widow.’

All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deuteronomy 27:14–19)


24 “But woe to you who are rich! For you have received your consolation. 25 Woe to you, you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets. (Luke 6:24–26)


16 The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the Good News of God’s Kingdom is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. (Luke 16:16)


17 “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17


19 Therefore, whoever shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:1920)


Meditation Moment


Dear God,


You alone are my rock and my salvation (Psalm 62:2). When friends and family abandon me, Your love surrounds me. Cleanse me from feelings of bitterness and anger. Teach me to be kind, loving, and forgiving instead (Ephesians 4:31–32). While I might not always understand another person’s treatment of me, I can trust You will make all things come together for my good (Romans 8:28). When I’m hurting, help me focus on Your love.


Amen.


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