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Worth Fighting For

Matthew 18:12

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

There are some things you just cannot understand until you have experienced it. This scripture is one such instance. I was the sheep that had gone astray. I had allowed my circumstances, and situations to get the best of me.  My lust and wantonness dug me in a hole so deep that I didn’t think that I could get out of it. Then the shame came, and I condemned myself to hell as the devil laughed while whispering lies in my ears that the Shepherd would never come back for a filthy sheep like me. I hated myself.

As I wandered, I heard the familiar voice of the one I had betrayed. While I expected wrath and anger; to be cast out forever, He showed sympathy to my pain. He picked me up and asked me “how did you get this far?”, He cleaned me off and whispered over the lies “just remember who you are”. Those words brought so much life to me as they flowed to my soul with such love, it was then that I truly learned what it meant to fight for the ones you love.

In all my confusion, hurt and sin, God never gave up on me. He stayed right there loving me, reminding me of who I was in Him. Sometimes that is all someone needs. So if you have a loved one, child, friend that you desperately want to see saved but it seems like no matter how you pray their state isn’t getting any better. Just be patient. Love them.

Stay constant in prayer. Fighting for someone means that no matter how the outcome may seem, you keep pressing. This is how God fights for us and this is how He wants us to fight for each other.

Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still - NIV

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