“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; . . . A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out” Matthew 12.18 and 20
When Matthew was writing his Gospel and reflecting on the ministry of Jesus, these lovely words were what he chose to sum it all up as best he could. They are actually a quote from the prophet Isaiah, and for Matthew there was no better way to describe Jesus.
These words give us the courage to come back to Jesus every day, regardless of what has happened; whether or not we fulfilled our potential, were obedient to all we were called to do, lived a pure day or achieved all we could.
It is not just the worst of sinners who can find comfort in his arms. This is also true for those of us who feel 'ordinary', believing that we only smoulder and never shine brightly. For us too Jesus is waiting and longing to whisper just how special we really are.
You can come to Jesus with your struggles right now, knowing that he is acting on behalf of the Father and has no desire to punish you or make you feel any worse than you already do. You can come back to his loving arms, ask for his tender forgiveness, seek his transformation - and always, always find his love.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission