sometimes when you do good things, you don't get rewarded. sometimes when you love, they won't appreciate it. i've been in too many situation where you try so hard to help someone, but somehow when you do not live up to their expectation they'll spread rumors about you and trash your name. sigh! love hurts. can you call it love, if it never hurt? i think our lord Jesus knew that is was going to hurt coming to love this world. he knew exactly what he was getting himself into, but he came to be hurt. he came for the hurt of rejection, the hurt of abandonment, the hurt of false accusation, the hurt of human indignity and sin.
i'm reminded of the taiwanese culture, where the word for love is the very word for hurt. when they say, "jesus hurt you." they mean to say "Jesus loves you." it's interesting this sort of pain or hurt is a representation of true love and sympathy.
i prayed for someone today at the office. his name was jimmy and he's not yet a believer. i asked if it was okay to lay my hand on him to pray for him and his dying father. in the prayer, i felt his grief and his pain and there was love. i think he felt God's love, because God knew his pain. and somehow that pain got mixed with love and it was okay.
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