- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 06/15/2007
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
Sure, I admit. I have had those experiences so many times. I thought about David and how he needed to clean his heart. It can get a little bit dirty at times. I thought about Paul and all the persecution and hardship he endured. He was shipwreked, deserted, beaten to name of view. But in the end he came to a simple straighforward conclusion. It is simple, easy, elementary truth we are taught the first day we come to Jesus. He loves us. And this is humbling. This simple truth is so True. It puts everything else in perspective.
Here are some verses I recall whenever I am hurt.
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin" (Hebrews 8:15)
"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled" (Hebrews 4:14-15)