We all experience different emotions in an average day. Christians experience also varying degrees of spiritual discernment.
For example, we can sense that God is grieved by our, or other peoples actions.
It’s true also that Christians or non-Christians can be repulsed by various acts of evil, that they find out, have taken place.
We can feel sorry and aggrieved that certain things have happened to friends or loved ones.
Being aggrieved by the actions of others and affronted by their awful behaviour, is both an intellectual and emotional experience.
Intellectually we become aware of the awful facts and process them with the accompanying emotions.
It is true also that we become accustomed to awful news and can become indifferent to it. Usually out of a sense that there is seemingly nothing we can do about the situation – and our sense of human powerlessness can have a numbing effect.
When bad stuff is up close and personal – of course this creates an even more difficult scenario to deal with.
And we have to handle the personal hurt we feel.
Again this is different for the true Christian because there is a spiritual sensing involved that adds to the intellectual and emotional negative experience we may be having.
Paul the apostle tells us of his personal heartfelt – intellectual/emotional/spiritual experience when he says:
Romans 9:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Israel’s Rejection of Christ
9 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,
This was not just being sorrowful over someones situation, condition or experience, but he was also sharing God’s burden. Entering in to sharing God’s heart.
Jesus reveals His burden to us, as the Son of God, when He gives us insight into His heart of love and concern for His people. On this occasion regarding the Jews blindness to the Messiah:
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
He was also speaking prophetically as one who knew the future and their future.
So this was not just the heart of the human Jesus breaking, but the heart of The Son of God also.
That which is coming upon the earth – is increasing the spiritual heaviness, and the spiritual dearth, and Christians are conscious of this, sometimes more than others.
As a response to these negative and spiritually heavy times, we can only set ourselves to endure. Set ourselves to remain faithful to seek our solace in Christ through prayer and worship and fellowship, searching out true believers, and real genuine friends.
Regardless of how many times we are disappointed by the behaviour of others, Christian and non-Christian alike, we must set ourselves to seek first the kingdom of God. Take strength from the many great biblical examples of true men and women of God – the cloud of witnesses who have endured and gone before us into the eternal presence of God.
Hebrews 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.