Have You Ever Had Your Motives Misunderstood? Jesus Is My Defender.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and then she did something extremely intimate and scandalous; she wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. (John 12:1-7).
The Gospels tell us that Judas Iscariot one of Jesus disciples was indignant and rebuked her harshly. What a waste of money! Poured out for nothing! Think of how many poor families could eat for a week on that. He saw only money. Mary saw only Jesus.
Have you ever had your motives misunderstood? Have you ever had someone criticize the way you worship or spend your time or money, the way you minister or believe or come through or don’t come through? It has happened to me countless times, and I hate it. Jesus isn’t so fond of it either. When people judge you, that is. Especially for loving Him. Jesus knows well that it hurts to be misunderstood and judged. He knows that it is part of the sorrow of living in a fallen world.
We hurt others when we interpret their actions through lenses of misunderstanding wrought in our brokenness and sin. We are hurt by others when they do it to us. And when it happens to us, how are we supposed to defend ourselves? What did Mary do? Well, Mary didn’t say a word in her own defence—but Jesus did. Jesus always defends a worshipper. Sometimes God will ask us to speak—in love—but always he is our Defender.
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!