Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Message to Those Who Self-Harm

    One of my best friends has self harmed before. She has told me about it, and God has put a burden on my heart to send a message to those who self-harm:

    Do not ever think for one minute that you are not worth it. You are worth it. You are so worth it that the God of the universe came down to Earth and allowed Himself to be mocked, scoffed at, and murdered. He loves you with a love that is too deep, too wide, too long, and too high to even imagine. He wants you to be His. He promises to never leave our side through life's hard journeys. He is a rock and refuge to the weak.

   How can He understand what I'm going through, you say. How does He know what it is like to feel this way? He is God.  God came to Earth so He could feel your pain. The Jews and Romans mocked Him made Him feel incredibly small. He knows what it is like to want to curl up in a ball and just cry. In Gethsemane, He sweated drops of blood because of what He was about to go through.  He truly feels your pain, and He wants to spare you from it. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:
           
            "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke                   upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for                 your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

     Come to Him. You might think you are giving yourself away, but God offers freedom. I can tell you by experience that the only life worth living is a life in God's salvation. Take his yoke. He took yours at the cross when all the past, present, and future sins of the world were put on His shoulders. Come to Him, bow the knee, and feel the freedom of Christ. He doesn't promise that life will be easy, though. In fact, He promises that it will be hard, but He does promise that He is with you every step of the way, using everything you go through for your benefit. On a closing note, Paul offers us encouraging words in Romans 8:

              "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the                          present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all                    creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
             

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