Thought of the day:
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. Reference Romans 9:1-2 NKJV
Paul was talking about those he was close to here, that had not received Christ. He, as we know, had a tremendous transformation. He went from persecuting Believers to being persecuted himself, because of his Relationship with Christ. His testimony changed because of what Christ did in his life.
Here, he points out that there were/are people who reject Jesus. They just refused or maybe didn’t get what Jesus wants to do in our lives. Because of the love Paul had, which was given to him by Jesus, he grieved that they would reject Jesus Transforming Love. In a sense, Paul was saying he just didn’t get why they would turn down what Jesus gave us.
As we grow with Jesus, this is the kind of thing that should be happening in our lives. It is not because we’re obligated, it is because Jesus Truly fills us with His Love through The Holy Spirit. If we are doing things because of obligation, then are we truly growing in Jesus?
What reaction do you have when you see others reject Jesus? Are you praying for them or are you just moving on?