John 14:18
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Have you ever felt like you’ve been orphaned? Orphaned by your family, by your friends or by your significant other? Being orphaned or abandoned hurts and it often gives birth to mistrust and resentment, but God calls us to a higher standard, he calls us to love and to forgive those who have failed us. In our fallen world it’s inevitable that someone will eventually fail you, but God sent his son Jesus to show us a better way. Jesus knows what it’s like for people to fail him and Jesus himself has experienced being abandoned. He was abandoned by his disciples, he was abandoned by the world, and when dying upon the cross, he was, for a short time, abandoned by his heavenly Father as he left him to die upon the cross at Calvary (Matthew 27:45-46). The good news, of course, is that the Father raised Jesus from death to life and now we can experience his joy and resurrection in our own lives.

Jesus could have held resentment towards the world for abandoning him, but in the end, Jesus forgives us and he loves us and calls us to do the same. God wants you to love and forgive those who have hurt you, and that’s not always easy. Let’s be honest, it’s never easy. But God wants you to be free and the only way to be truly free is to first give your pain and hurt over to God and second let God come into your life and fill the void. In doing this you begin to love those who have hurt you as Christ has also done for you.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever been orphaned or felt like someone has orphaned you?
QUESTION 2. Do you still hold resentment towards someone that you need to hand over to God? Have you let God fill the void in your life by loving and forgiving the person who abandoned you?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to let go and let God be the love of your life and know that God will always come to you, and he will never leave you as an orphan.
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