“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
(Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)
We live in a world of brokenness. People strike out at others out of anger and fear without considering the consequences of their words or actions. The politics of the day only make it worse, but the core of the problem goes much deeper; people have forgotten how to count their blessings. It is easy to get bogged down in the ugliness of life, because there is an awful lot of it. However, ugliness is not the rule; it is the exception, when your focus is on the beauty of God’s love and mercy.
In recent months, I have witnessed a lot of ugliness on social media. People hiding behind a cartoon profile spewing all manners of hate and viciousness, and in so doing, they show the depravity of their own souls. They hurt, and the only way they know how to deal with it is to try to inflict pain on others. Some of them seem to think that they are being funny, especially when they can gather around them a group of fans who are just as vile as they are; others don’t even try to hide their hate with whatever qualifies as humor these days. Stubborn, prideful ignorance leads too many people deeper into the depravity of this evil time we live in. Love and mercy are things they fail to recognize.
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
(Luke 6:45 NIV)
Because of the broken and sinful nature of mankind, real love is a rare thing. People fail to acknowledge it when it is given, and they take advantage of it. People spend their lives searching for that which fulfills their earthly desires rather than seeking mercy and love. The true treasures of life have absolutely nothing to do with money, material possessions or power; these things will only break the heart of the individual who pursues them. People want to be loved! That is a fact. But most are incapable of giving enough of themselves in order to receive the love they seek. Yes, if you want to be loved, you must be willing to give love, and you must be willing to give even when you get nothing back. Even though that may sound counter intuitive, it is reality. You see, that is exactly how God’s love works. He gave us life. He gave us free will. He gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. That is real treasure! All He asks in return is that we faithfully believe what He has already done for us. It is in that faith that we are able to know true love and mercy, not just from Him, but to others, as well.
When someone calls you an ugly name or goes out of their way to break your heart and/or your spirit, give them over to Jesus Christ in prayer. When you allow your heart to let go of the malice and lift up the soul to God, you have stored up another treasure in Heaven. You cannot expect to ever understand God’s love, but you must be willing to accept it and give it to others. By the end of most days, the abundance of treasure that you have stored up will overwhelm you.
Question: Are you able to hand your brokenness to God and ask His forgiveness for those who broke you?
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