But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. – Isaiah 53:5
Today’s Bible verse paints a somber picture of what Jesus went through on the cross. It describes Him being beaten, crushed and whipped. Jesus went through all of this so that He could pay the price for our sins. This suffering was selfless, Jesus didn’t need to go to the cross for His sake. He did it out of love for you and me. And because of it, Jesus is the only way to be saved.
Because of the great love that Jesus had for us, we can now begin to love others and ourselves. As we begin to focus on how important we were to Jesus that He took beatings and whippings for our sake, we realize our true value. In the eyes of God, we are priceless. We should no longer look at ourselves and feel like we don’t measure up, or that we’re not important. God’s love proves our worth.
We also should treat others with respect because they are important to God. We realize the bullies, the outcasts and the popular students at our school are important. Not because of their social status, but because of how much God loves them.
Today challenge yourself to look at yourself and others differently. Instead of seeing all of the shortcomings, and failures, choose to look at people through God’s eyes. See the value He places on each individual and begin to treat others and yourself as God’s best.