He is despised and forsaken by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him – Isaiah 53:3.
With the benefit of anonymity, there are many people who use social media to abuse, threaten, curse and disrespect people they don’t even know. These individuals, who deliberately provoke others online by saying inflammatory and offensive things, are known as internet trolls. Trolls upset and anger people for entertainment.
If you were harassed by trolls, how easy would it be to forgive them?
Let us consider God for a minute. He has been denied, cursed, profaned, blasphemed, blamed, and had a fist shaken in his face. Even Jesus has his name used as a curse word, with God’s name often used in vain. This has happened over centuries, with billions of people, films, TV, and theatre all adopting the same language.
How do you think God must feel?
There are those of us who may have done the same in the past, but now we revere his name. We love him and hallow his name for it is precious to us. It was for us, after all, that he was willing to suffer this abuse. Such love demands our response.