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May 21, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | May 21

Jesus was wounded plenty but knew that while it’s okay to be wounded, it’s not okay to stay wounded.


Christ refused to stay wounded, and He didn’t dwell on how He’d been mistreated (as we’re so prone to do). Instead Jesus chose to be His brother’s brother. He focused His woundedness at the problems around Him. By turning those wounds toward God’s glory, through His pain He helped the whole world. In the end, He could pray, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (JOHN 17:4).


You, too, can bring God glory on earth by completing the work He gave you to do. You, too, can refuse to stay wounded, fixing your gaze upon the Cross, the Word, and the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. You won’t change the whole world like Jesus did, but you’ll surely change that smaller world around you and the relationships that God has placed in your hands.

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