“The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1Cor 11:23-25)
Yesterday we had a beautiful Holy Communion service in our church. We did it in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ! By the power of the Holy Spirit we remembered that our Lord’s love conquered the betrayal of Judas. There is pain in love, but there is no fear in love! Agape love is the champion, now and forever!
Once you give your life to Christ, you must experience the peculiar pain of betrayal and rejection. As a sinner you do not feel this pain because your heart is hardened by sin. Once you become a citizen of the Kingdom of God, love becomes the way of life. Love is open to be wounded. Only love can be betrayed. Only love can be grieved. The risk to be rejected, to be envied and to be wounded by the enemies of love is very high. The devil tempts your friends to betray you for a reward. Few resist this unholy bribe. This ‘grief to glory’ life style is called ‘the royal way of the cross’. But one thing is clear: ‘Love never fails’ (1Cor 13:8)
Personally, I tried to avoid rejection but it is not always possible. It comes from the most unexpected places. The pain is always raw because the heart is now more tender. I have learned to ‘manage’ this pain thru the power of the Holy Spirit. With time, I have discovered, that the pain is still great but the length of the pain is getting shorter. This is because now, in the midst of the pain, I have learned to ignore it and seek my Lord Jesus Christ. I find Him in the midst of pain more than in celebrations. By the grace of God, I do not seek pain, but I use it well. “It is all for Your glory Lord; and even for my good! I worship You forever!”