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I started out this series talking about betrayal.  I think the worst betrayal was that of Judas.  I cannot imagine how that hurt Jesus.  Yet, we have other instances where Jesus’ own men betrayed Him.

After the betrayal of Jesus by Judas I then think of Peter’s denial.  Three times Peter denied that he knew Christ.  Then to top it all off to show the others how he was not part of the disciples he cursed in Matthew 26:74, “Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.”

All the while Peter was perpetrating his denial Jesus still loved him.  Look at what Jesus tells Peter before he denies Jesus in Luke 22:31- 32, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”  I can only imagine the word of Jesus rang in Peter’s ears, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not”.  Even in denial Jesus loved him through it.

So, how are you doing?


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As I continue my thoughts on “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” I was reminded while reading my Bible about three Hebrew young men named Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.  We usually refer to them as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

These three men were brought in before the king for their refusal to bow down to the king’s pagan idol at the sound of music.  We live in a day where this is becoming common practice.  muslims are killing Christians daily who will not renounce Jesus Christ.  Yes, it is really happening.  All the time God’s people are sitting by idle and watching with our rose colored glasses on claiming we don’t see anything.  Wake up Church!

In the end these three Hebrews stood faithful to their God no matter what.  They were thrown into a burning firey furnace that had been heated seven times hotter than normal.  The Bible tells us that when they threw the men into the furnace that the heat killed the men doing the king’s business.  While these Hebrew children were in the furnace their persecutors saw another person in their with them.  It was Jesus.  Not only did He assure them that He would love them through it, He was in the firey furnace with them.  So, no matter what you are going through in life Jesus says He will love you through it and He will even go through it with you.

So, how are you doing?

Daniel 3:17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

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It seems today that betrayal is rampant.  It seems that you cannot trust anyone.  Sometimes this trust is broken because of a failing mind (as in my case).  Sometimes it is simply deceit.

In my life I have experienced betrayal like many of you have also.  The part that I hate is that I have been the one who has betrayed the trust of another.  Worst of all I have betrayed my LORD.  I think if you were honest you might say the same thing of yourself.

When I thought of betrayal and our theme of loving through tough things I thought of the Prophet Hosea.  Look at his situation in Hosea 1:2, “The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.”

I cannot imagine what he was thinking and feeling when he received this from the LORD.  Yet, here is a man that could now help others love through relationship failures.  The sense of betrayal and the broken trust.  Only Jesus can help you and I “Love You Through It” in this situation.  I know from experience how Jesus brings you through it and even mends broken relationships.

So, how are you doing?

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The other evening my wife and I were channel surfing and came across a show on Christian television and the singing family The Isaac’s were on.  They sang a song titled “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”.  Watch a video of the song here.  It is a powerful song to say the least.

After I listened to the song; and yes, wiped more than a few tears, I began to think about the message of the song.  I thought of different instances in the Scriptures where someone did just that.  They loved someone through some difficult situation.  Most of what I found was Jesus loving others through their lapses in faith.  I am thankful to find these because this gives me hope.  We all know John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

I first thought of Adam and Eve.  Even though they fell God still loved them.  He provided them with skins to cover their nakedness by shedding blood in the killing of some innocent animal.  He loved them enough to be consistent.  God; in love, removed them from the garden.  This was one of many consequences of their sin.  Yet, God still loved them supremely.  It was like He was trying to tell them, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”.

Maybe there is some situation in your life that leads you to believe that you are not loveable.  Maybe there is some deed that you have done that makes you believe that you are so unloveable that you cannot be saved.  Let me tell you there is no such thing.  If you will put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation there is nothing so bad that He cannot love you and save you.

So, how are you doing?

Love You Through It

Yesterday I was reading a post on social media by a Missionary friend of mine that shared of unrest in Pakistan.  It seems that people are moving toward their capital city in protest against their government.  All the while here in the United States, Ferguson, MO there are riots going on over the alleged shooting death of an unarmed black male.  Because of this the streets of Ferguson have been filled with rioters and looters for days.  The National Guard is there now trying to restore peace.

A news story tells of a young lady that put together a group via social media to go to Ferguson to try to help calm the people.  I applaud her effort as many of us; myself included, sit idle and watch the news videos.  We seem to be like the religious crowd of the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Word of God.

Here was a man that made my love for man look like hatred.  Really.  This man stopped and ministered to a man that was his sworn enemy.  He even made provision for his care after he had left.

You see, he was expressing to this man what can be summed up in the Word of God found in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  This has been on my heart lately as I heard a song by the Isaac’s titled, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”.

Will you love and care enough about someone to love them through whatever they are going through? I hope you will.

So, how are you doing?