How I have been hurt


by: Carole L. Haines
Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations. (Ezekiel 6:9 NASB)

Imagine the face of God as He spoke these words, “how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me.”  I don’t know how much we attribute emotions to God, but He has them.  I believe that is part of how we are made in God’s image, being emotional beings. I looked up the word “hurt,” and discovered that it means:  to quench, break in pieces, shatter, torn, broken-hearted, literally to burst.  I was shocked at the strong visuals that this meaning evoked in me. Most of us have heard of quenching the Spirit, but this definition takes it quite a few steps deeper in. This word was used in describing, the shattering the Tablets of the Ten Commandments at the foot of the mountain by Moses (Exodus 32:19 NASB). This Word was used in referring to the breaking down of idols, such as Baal, and Asherah, and shattering them in to pieces. I don’t take sin seriously enough. Listen to what Genesis 6 says: “ Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” O, how I take the Grace of Jesus Christ for granted, this precious unmerited favor from God, bought at such a priceless sacrifice. My, how my heart sank when I read those words this morning, “how they hurt Me.” Precious God, forgive me for taking your Grace for granted. For hurting and grieving your heart when I do not take sin seriously enough, but treat it flippantly.
My Dearest Jesus, Holy Spirit of God, incline my heart toward You, toward living right before you.  I know you saved me from my sins, but you desire truth, and purity, in the innermost being.  Continue this cleansing work of sanctification in my life; for your Glory, the good of others, and my own inner peace. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

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