Have You Been Squeezed?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. –Matthew 11:28 NIV

November 10, 2021

Have You Been Squeezed?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. –Matthew 11:28 NIV

If you squeeze an orange, you get orange juice. It would be weird to get anything else. When you squeeze a Christian, you should get Jesus, not the same reaction you’d get from an unbeliever. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. Yet how did Jesus respond when He was squeezed?Matthew 7:12 (ESV) says, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” When the religious leaders brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus, how did He respond? Did He condemn or humiliate her? Those who claimed to follow God were ready to stone her, but Jesus responded with compassion, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. “Go and sin no more,” Jesus told the woman (John 8:11 NKJV).On the Cross, after being beaten and spit upon, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34 ESV). He didn’t call fire down from Heaven to destroy them; instead, He prayed for them. Throughout Scripture, you can see how Jesus responded to every ill-treatment He received. Each and every time He responded with love.Walk with Him, work with Him, and watch Jesus do life. Follow His example.

prayer focuses

Ask God to help you when you are squeezed to search the Word for wisdom, wait to respond, not react.

Jesus, help me to walk with You and learn Your ways; Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light!


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.