“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3/NIV).
This site is called “Motivation of Christian Love”. Motivational messages can help you to a certain degree. Kind words that encourage us to be more loving can lift us emotionally.
Yet in human life there are situations that can make us grow weary. Even Christians at times experience circumstances that can make them lose heart.
In the Old Testament we learn that God was willing to bless the descendents of Abraham. Yet the history of the Israelites shows that very often they departed from God and from his instructions.
Human obedience to God’s word often has degenerated to merely outward observances. Yet the strength to live a godly life depends on a heart that loves God.
Jesus was the Son of God. He came to earth to be fully human. He descended to our level of existence. He experienced all the struggles and temptations that we know to be part of human life. Yet in all this he remained without sin.
People stood up against Jesus. They often criticised him. Finally he was apprehended and put to death.
Hebrew people had some willingness to obey God and to heed his commandments. Yet Jesus pointed them to areas of failure in their lives. Outward observances were not enough. Their attitudes of heart were essential.
By his death and vicarious atonement Jesus opened up a new way for us to trust God and to receive strength and encouragement from him. He has shown to us that God is ready to forgive us our sins. As we learn to depend on God’s forgiveness we can receive God’s blessing and his grace.
Our human efforts and our motivation to love may come to an end in various situations. That is why it is important for a Christian to remember Jesus.
He has gone before. We must be honest with him. We must receive and trust in his forgiveness.
Out of a trusting relationship with Jesus a new heart and new attitudes will grow within us. That is the basis of Christian living as taught in the bible.
As Christians we need not depend on our own strength. We are not any longer fatally restricted to our old sinful nature. As we look to Jesus and as we trust him, we gain access to rivers of living water.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2+3/NIV).