Forsaken!

Being forsaken is one of the harshest, deepest hurts for a human being.  Someone has abandoned you, given up on you, hates you, despises you, has discarded you like trash, has been hurt by you to the point of absolute separation, has given you no chance of reconciliation, considers you totally unworthy. 

In this cruel, narcissistic world, often you are considered an asset used by another.  Once you fulfill your worth to them and no longer of use, they desert you.  Maybe you simply did not measure up to expectations and are cast aside.  Forsaken may be the harshest of situations.  You feel helpless!

You may feel helpless, but can I assure of something.  You are not hopeless.  You are smacked dab in the center of why Jesus came to this earth!  He came for people who need help and feel that no one cares.

Hebrews 13:5 is a statement that will heal you, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  You may be thinking, “I have heard that before but have been betrayed.”  For you, enjoy the healing ointment of this verse, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  He does not change.  His love, grace and mercy are available 24×7, 365 days out of the year.  If You invite Him into your life and become obedient to His Word, “abundant life” (John 10:10) with “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:6) becomes yours.

Jesus did not come into the world to abandon you nor condemn you.  Pay attention to these verses, 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16&17).  God “so loved the world” that “whoever” (all of us no matter where we are, or have been, or what we have done) will “not perish” (you will not be forsaken nor be condemned).  Please let these words marinate in your heart.  You are accepted and loved forever with a sacrificial love called “agape”…wholly accepting love.

A powerful word of assurance is found in Romans 8:34-37, “Who then is the one who condemns (forsaken)? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Now, for us who have forsaken another.  There is a forceful word for you, Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7).  Colossians 3:13 speaks to this clearly, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

“Forsaken” is helplessness.  Allow Jesus to transform that into “hopefulness”.

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