We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19 (HSCB)
This short verse has had a powerful impact on me. I recall using this verse in every family member’s memorial serve that I’ve preached. And that has been a lot of funerals.
The first thing I saw in this verse is that we have hope. As Followers of Jesus, we have hope in the middle of what seems to be loss. I’ve offered this thought as well – If the person who passed away knew Jesus as Savior than we know we have hope. We know that one day we will see that person again in Heaven.
Every family needs an anchor, just like every soul needs an anchor. Every family must be able to cling to the promise of Jesus. In times of joy. In times of sorrow. We need the anchor of hope.
Why do we need our family to hold true, like an anchor? Because every family is dysfunctional in some way! There must be something that is rock solid that anchors the good, the bad and the ugly of our families.
I read a headline a while back that said “18 year old girl can face manslaughter charge for allegedly encouraging boyfriend’s suicide, judge rules.”
Newsflash: If someone is encouraging you to hurt yourself, IT IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP!!!
While I know it is an extreme example, this story illustrates a truth that so many of us experience in our own lives on different levels. I’m talking about allowing voices to influence us that are not speaking truth in love or pointing us to God’s best for our lives. All of us have influences in our lives that give us messages based on lies. While these lies may not lead to our physical death, they may be calling us down paths that lead to pain, regret, and a cheap imitation of God’s best.
A principle we want all students to know is this: Your life will be significantly shaped by your relationships.
It’s guaranteed in this life you will face the attack of critics and haters. You will have opportunity to respond emotionally. You will have the opportunity to go off. You’ll have the opportunity to blow up.
BUT! before you hit send, before you go off… I want to ask you to consider how the faithful fight back. There is a right way to fight… there is a holy way to handle your haters.