Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I was sitting here reading and re-reading this, especially this one line, "If you are sincerely humbling yourself to reach out to God, He knows you because He is doing toward you what you are doing toward Him." That felt so very, very good! I started thinking about it on a human level. When someone wrongs us, we are hurt. That person has to humble himself to be sorry, and we have to humble ourselves to accept it. But when we love people, that's all we really want in the first place -- peace with that person. I guess I never really thought about the humility it takes in accepting the apology.
It's like, it only hurts because you love so much to start with. If you didn't love that person, it wouldn't even hurt. God has let me feel that for people lately. I can feel hurt, but tell God about it and say, "God if they would just talk to me, I'd be willing to completely forget it." He spoke back and said, "That's how I forgave you!" There's no holding on to anything in that, it's all forward >>>> full steam ahead>>>> And if we are like God, we are looking for a way in, a crack in the door, to love that person anyway! And that will be our attitude towards ourselves, too. It's like God is teaching me righteousness (because sin hurts everybody involved), mercy (being willing to forgive) and peace (how to keep it). I have that song on my mind, "But what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God." :)
Okay, I have to get to work now. I've enjoyed thinking about this!
Thanks for that wonderful thought!