Jesus was filled with compassion, which enabled him to love the corrupt, the unlovely, and the hated. Even the Pharisees. Although he did not like their actions, He loved them, wanted them to see the error of their ways that separated them from Him. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He is the ultimate initiator of reconciliation. His forgiveness is amazing.
This video is a discussion between two women who have had to understand how to extend forgiveness in ways that most of us never consider. Topics like “persecution-complex”, abuse, bitterness, perfectionism, peacemaking, people-pleasing…are a few of the many subtopics that you and I can resonate with, even if the family life they were raised in is totally foreign to us. The fact that they experienced such horror, yet came out as wholehearted lovers of Jesus, willing to use their testimonies to glorify Him, is so inspiring I had to share it with you. The video is called Conversations with Jessie Czebotar #6 On Persecution and Being Courageous
Reality check: Their stories convey that some unbelievers use religion and church-going as a “front” to hide abuses that they are involved in, even abuse to children. Should we consider these unbelievers “weeds” or “chaff” or imitators of satan who put on “light”? Despite their heart’s corruption, they need prayer. Let’s pray for their salvation.
Scripture contemplation before you listen because as you will hear, these women grew up with parents that put on a “Christian facade”.
Matt 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
2 Cor 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.