At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” (John 6:66, 67 NLT)

In this life you cannot please everybody. Some people are meant to stay while others come but for a moment. Sometimes it hurts to see a loved one go. That is when the person you love, care for, trust, eat with, sleep with, suddenly decides to leave. It hurts but the good news is Jesus suffered the same. Our High Priest knows how to take us through such times. Don’t forget the saying that a servant is not greater than his master. Many disciples turned away and deserted him because they did not understand what he said. I believe Jesus felt the pains but there was nothing he could do as God has given man the freedom to choose. Jesus could have called them and tried to work things out but he turned to do otherwise. He asked the twelve “Are you also going to leave?” Jesus chose to stand for God instead of man. He needed God’s approval. When someone threatens to leave, consider your relationship with God first before any other thing.

I met a young lady who was worried because someone she loved left the relationship she thought could lead to marriage. I told her to quit worrying because God knows the future. He knows that their relationship will amount to nothing so he allowed the guy to leave.

Some believers have left the church for no reason. They left because the minister said something they were not comfortable with. Consequently, most ministers are afraid to tell the truth. They prefer to have the quantity instead of the quality. In John 6, many disciples left because they did not believe what he said. Ministers must not consider the quantity but they should look out for the quality.

When a person turns away and deserts you, focus on Jesus and move forward. Jesus did not go back begging them to return. He maintained his integrity. I wonder how many believers would stand for the truth when they know it would cost them their relationships with those they love?

I will conclude with this:
When those you love turn away, don’t waste your time sobbing. Instead turn your eyes to Jesus. God promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Be encouraged that one with God is a majority. God bless you.

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