It is interesting how something can just jump out at you as you are reading or listening. I was listening to Desire of Ages chapter 33 Who are my Brethren, many things impressed me from the chapter but one thing that was impressed upon me was this sentence.
With their short measuring line they could not fathom the mission which He came to fulfill, and therefore could not sympathize with Him in His trials. Their coarse, unappreciative words showed that they had no true perception of His character, and did not discern that the divine blended with the human. They often saw Him full of grief; but instead of comforting Him, their spirit and words only wounded His heart. His sensitive nature was tortured, His motives were misunderstood, His work was uncomprehended. DA 326.
I was cut by the words that the spirit and words of men can wound the heart of Jesus and that His sensitive nature can be tortured by human misunderstanding. I thought of my own spirit at times and the harsh words I have used. I thought of earlier periods in my life where I have thought evil of other men or accepted false charges against them and thought how this must have wounded the heart of Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, I want to stop wounding the heart of Jesus! These thoughts have caused me to want to cling more tightly to Him and plead for His Spirit and better understand His work in my life.
I believe that as I am filled with the Spirit of Christ, I indeed can reflect the loveliness of my Saviour, yet I find that unless I spend a number of times a day in focused communion with Him, I get thirsty, I start to allow little things to frustrate me, I feel the spirit of peace drain from my soul and I feel vulnerable to temptations of many colours.
I never want to lose that peace that comes from Christ so that I may cease to wound His heart, torture His sensitive nature and crucify Him afresh. I have hurt Him so much in the past and I want to stop. I thank our Father that He has provided the means for me to stop and always have the living water flowing through my soul.
I pray as you enter the Sabbath hours you will be granted the grace to cease wounding the heart of Jesus. Meet you at the throne of grace for another drink.