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On being the odd one out

Sometimes in life you just feel lonely.
Often it’s because you believe in a man named Jesus who supposedly walked the earth two thousand years ago. And thus, you call yourself a Christian, go to church and bible studies, and serve in ministries throughout the week.
And sometimes you feel like the whole world around you is moving on, having fun, and leaving you behind. I know how that feels. Your Christian brothers and sisters know what it feels like to be left out from the world.
When your friends can joke around and have a great laugh about something your church says is inappropriate… When your colleagues go out for drinks on Friday nights, but you’ve committed to serving at youth group… When your family disowns you, actively or passively, for following something apart from what the family believes.
Friend, Jesus knows how you feel. Trust me – He does. I became a Christian when I saw the lonely, painful suffering of Jesus in The Passion of The Christ. Deserted by His closest friends and tortured by those He came to save.
Brother or Sister, you have not yet suffered to the point of shedding blood. Your suffering and loneliness sucks – don’t get me wrong – and we stand with you. But look back at our Messiah and Mediator and you will see Him who bled and died for you.
Do not lose hope – this world is fleeting. Everything under the sun is meaningless compared to the surpassing joy of knowing Christ. He is looking at you with loving eyes and He will come again to take you home, with all of us.
Do not lose sight of the one who saves, for He kept His eyes on you when He suffered and died for you.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we professFor we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sinLet us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
 – Hebrews 4:14-16

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