Some of Satchel’s famous quotes:

Don’t pray when it rains, if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

It is this quote that I heard that has been running through my head:

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Satchel Paige was a Baseball player and a baseball hall of Famer. He was quite outspoken and has been quoted a lot over the years. The above quote has been bothering me all week. I’m really sick of hearing it in my head….but….I know God is doing something here……I just know His MO.

I feel I have been hurt a lot over my life time and I have gotten the victory over much of that hurt with the help of the Lord. But recently I’ve had a lot of hurt resurface as well as new hurt. Here are a few scriptures that can snap you out of that state of hurt:

Proverbs 17:9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.(NLT)

Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Yup…These scriptures are hurt busters for sure….if… let them be that…..if….you obey them. It’s hard and there are times that you cannot do it on your own….YOU NEED GOD’S HELP!

Personally…..I like to hold on to my hurt quietly and stew….sometimes I can make a whole pot of stew and have enough to feed everyone in the neighborhood. When I’m having a great walk in the spirit….I can overcome the feelings of hurt like an Olympic champion. I’m usually on the mountain top at these times. When I’m in the valley I’m very vulnerable to hurt.

Being in the attitude of LOVE 100% is very hard to maintain. We need to keep ourselves in check by asking ourselves….what would Jesus do with the hurt? I know He would pray about it…I know that. I think about the bible story when Jesus was not a happy camper when they were selling stuff and swindling people in the temple…I’m sure He was hurt to see that going on in His Father’s house. He went buck wild in there throwing over the change tables. The difference with Him was He had a right to do what He did. We have no right to hold on to hurt…in fact God doesn’t like it at all. Say the Lord’s pray to yourself…….Ok…did you?……You know that part about forgiving those who trust past against us?….Yeah….that’s what I’m talking about.

Love like you’ve never been hurt!

Now….I don’t know if Satchel Paige was a Christian, but that quote is something to really think about…and I’ve been thinking.

I do know this fact…..God is love…and He wants us to be forgiving.

Hurt Zombie

Getting over hurt….and loving the hurter is one of the hardest biblical lessons for me to follow. Hurt is like a zombie. You finally get away from it and you feel safe for a while…sometimes a long while….and then….here comes that hurt zombie with his arms out calling…come here…come here. What needs to be done is either #1 or #2:

1. Turn around and knock that zombie’s head off.
2. Submit yourself to God, resist the zombie influence over you, love and pray for him and the stress will flee from you.

You know #2 is the right answer…don’t even think about #1!

Message for today: Love….Love….Love!