Pain Behind The Mask

As you struggle, persevere, and endure to serve the Lord every day. Continue to show brotherly love to those around you, both to your brothers and sisters in Christ and to those who persecute you. Show hospitality and care to all of them. That those in Christ may be encouraged and lifted up. That your enemies may see the goodness and mercy of God and repent from their wickedness. 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 1 Peter 4:8-10

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:43-45

You too were in pain and in need of help. You too longed for someone to reach out to you, to help, encourage, and lift up. Many of those who are lost and without Christ wears a mask of concealment to hide their brokenness. They are wearing a costume, pretending that they are strong, stable, and in control. But the truth of the matter is that under that mask and costume they are a lost, scared, broken, and weary soul seeking truth, love, and forgiveness. 

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6

Many times the one who appears to be the most offended and distressed by your message is the very one who is screaming on the inside for help. Just waiting for the fragile shell of their exterior to fall away.

You could be the one God has called to return good from evil, kindness from anger, compassion from slander, or love from hatred. Who knows what the Lord has planned. Their hard gruff exterior may be ready to crumble. When you pour out the love and compassion of the Lord and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ amazing things can happen.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

God has placed you upon this earth for a great reason, He has you right where He wants you. He has created you as His finely tuned instrument to spread His message of salvation, all for the glory of God. 

You are to be His hands, feet, and mouthpiece, to seek to save the lost. You never know who the Lord has been working on. You never know who He will place in front of you as an eternal and divine appointment. By one act of kindness, they may be ready to hear, understand, and receive the message of salvation. 

What an incredible and marvelous task He has placed upon you. To know that you can be instrumental in the saving of a hell-bound soul, of a sin hardened lawbreaker ready to repent, that they may be saved and become a child of God.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. Jude 1:20-23

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10-12

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