It is often very tempting to harden one’s heart when in trouble. That is the exact time, that hardening should be replaced with humility. We should never rejoice in the fall of an enemy. Luke 23:34 reads “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.'” This was at the Crucifixion! Shouldn’t we do likewise?
While reading about the Crucifixion, I am always amazed that only one of the disciples was present while the Christ was on the cross. They had spent the last few years with Him listening to His teaching and watching His healing of the multitudes, but had fled during his worst time. After pondering this, I think I should be gentler with myself when it looks as if I have little or no faith.
John 20:19 states, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He blessed them even after they had fled when He had needed them most. He always forgave. By being kinder to myself, I am able to be kinder to others. Today, I will do that!