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We Are His Jewels
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People can be cruel. Sometimes the cruelest actions and the deepest wounds come from loved ones. Many tears have been shed, many hurts felt, from malicious words spoken by those who should have been the ones protecting us. I’ve had friends tell me that cutting words from family have haunted them for years.

I know of someone who recently learned from a stranger that his character was sullied by his mother-in-law. She showed no outward signs of concern nor mentioned anything to him about her feelings, yet she talked to others about her disappointment, and how she regretted her daughter’s marriage to him. He was overwhelmed with many emotions and his heart broke. He commented, “What hurt the most is that I had to hear about this from strangers, and not my mother-in-law.”

Malachi 3:17 tells us, “They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts, "On the day that I make them my jewels [or precious treasure]. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him" (NKJV). What a word picture! God tells us we are more valuable to Him than gold, silver, pearls, or any other precious thing. He calls us “His jewels.”

Although God does not cause or will that we experience pain, it is my personal belief that He allows it because He knows that it can teach us to more fully depend upon Him. When everyone around disappoints us, God will not; He will be there to help us make it through.

Jesus Sold Everything

Here’s my perspective on Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:45 and 46 (NKJV). Metaphorically speaking, Jesus sold everything in order to purchase us. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

English evangelist Arthur W. Pink said it this way. “The value of a thing in the eyes of its possessor may be gauged by the price he was willing to pay for it. So valuable was the Church unto Christ that He gave Himself for it, and shed His ‘precious blood’ to purchase it for Himself. Thus, the saints are likened unto ‘jewels’ because of the great value which the Lord places upon them.”

What more can I say? If you’ve been wounded or hurt by someone, be it a stranger or family member, go to God and He will help you get through it. He tells us He knows our names, “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…,” (Isaiah 49:16, NASB). Your value must never be based on what others think of you, but instead on what Christ did for you.

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By Daniel LaFlair. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION 1982 and the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®.

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