Oct 26th, 2021
War: The Battle for Peace
By: Chapman Bean
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Matthew 27:4 “‘I have sinned,’ he declared, ‘for I have betrayed an innocent man.’ ‘What do we care?’ they retorted. ‘That’s your problem.’” (NLT)

Imagine the weight Judas must have felt. The weight of the world was undoubtedly upon his shoulders because he knew he’d made a tremendous mistake. I think C.S. Lewis articulates it well,  “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken’.”

I’ve found his words to be incredibly true. Emotional and mental pain is hard to bear. The truth is we’ve all done exactly what Judas did. Every time we sin we are betraying an innocent man. With that, we often experience immense amounts of guilt and shame. Couple those feelings with people around us saying things like, “What do we care?” and “That’s your problem,” and we have one extremely hurt and beat up person. Ever been there?

God’s not asking us to carry the weight of our sin any longer. When Jesus put that cross on His back, he carried it for Judas, for you, and for me. Though Judas made a mistake, Jesus still loved him unconditionally. That’s what makes the love of God unique and special. Even though we’re the ones who have blown it, God says “Let me carry the weight. You were never meant to.” We’re all guilty, and that is exactly why Jesus went to the cross.

Releasing the weight to God doesn’t magically fix everything going on in your heart and mind, but it starts the process towards healing and wholeness so you can take the next step soon.

Even though we’re guilty like Judas, God still wants us to run to Him because He is the Good Father. He truly loves us. On your way to work or at some point throughout the day, listen to Run to the Father by Cody Carnes. In everything you do today, run to the Father.

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