Job 16:2 What Type Of Comforter Are You?

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I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! Job 16:2 

As a person is going through an extremely tough time, many people will just avoid that person. They avoid him because they don’t know what to say or do, or because they don’t want that bad situation to come upon them.

Others will be quick to show up at his side. The purpose of showing up, however, is to give some advice. People are very quick to give advice in how to deal with something. Often this advice is coming from people who have never been in the situation themselves. It is what they think they would do if they were in that position.

Very few people show up, just to be a support, without giving a ton of advice. They are there to show compassion and love.

As Job was going through extreme difficulties and his world was falling a part, some of his friends came by to be with him. Instead of being silent and supporting him, they wanted to give him some advice or counsel. Their counsel was not supportive or encouraging. It was degrading and condemning.

In the church there are many believers who are just like Job’s friends. They intend to speak well, but in the end are condemning and not supportive. There is no love, mercy or grace of God in their words.

People often thin that they know and understand fully what is going on in the life of someone else. On the outside it can appear as one thing, but on the inside it can be totally different. Just because someone is going through a tough time does not automatically mean there was unrepentant sin involved or that God is against him. Knowing the end of the story, one knows that Job was innocent in this case.

You will have times when you will have a friend going through a tough time. Things will be falling a part for him. You need to be there for him to support him and lift him up.

However, be careful with your words. Be sure that your words are the words of God, words that show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. Do not be so quick to condemn or find fault. It is the devil that condemns, not Jesus. Jesus came to heal and save, not condemn.

What type of comforter will you be for a friend going through a tough time? Loving? Or condemning?

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will share God’s love with others; that you will speak the true words of God at all times; and that you will be a comfort to those in need as God comforts you. 

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Mark 15:12-13 Crucify Him

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“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. Mark 15:12-13

Jesus had been taken into custody by the teachers of the law and was being tried. He was brought before Pilate to have Him judged. Pilate asked the people what the wanted to do with Jesus, and they replied that they wanted him crucified.

Extreme violence against someone is something that most people say they would never do. When someone goes on a mass killing spree, most people will demand that the person be caught and punished to fullest extent of the law.

It is very well documented in history that Jesus did exist and was a well-known teacher or prophet. It is also very well excepted that He was crucified on a cross. Very few people actually deny these things.

Looking at the scriptures, it shows that the people wrongfully judged and that the people were extremely violent against Him. Instead of just asking for jail time, the people wanted Jesus killed, in a violent manner.

Today many people say that they would never have yelled for Jesus to be crucified. They would not be willing to have Him killed, because they see Jesus as a good person. They also see themselves as a good person.

Most people are not violent physically and do not condone such behavior. Yet, every person is guilty of being violent towards Jesus. There is not a person on this earth that would not have called out the same words, “crucify Him!”

The reason this can be said, is that every person has sinned against God. No matter who you are or what you have done in your life, there has been times you have sinned against God.

Every time that you have sinned, you were also crying out, “crucify Him!”

Your sins and my sins are what put Jesus on that cross. Our sins is the reason why Jesus had to be crucified. You, along with everyone else is guilty of sin.

Jesus loved you enough to go to the cross for you. He paid the price for your sins, so that you can be forgiven.

Even though you have cried, “crucify Him,” you can be forgiven. Turn away from sin and towards Jesus and repent of your sins. Accept what He has done for you today.

I pray today that you will know why Jesus was crucified; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of any sins against God; and that you will tell others about Jesus.