The following is an excerpt from my devotional "Embrace the Morning", which was just released.
II. The Scourging at the Pillar
John 19:1: Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.
Although Jesus suffered excruciating pain, He never once let go of His love for us or His persecutors. Our hearts break for the pain He endured but conversely we should rejoice in His abundance of love. We need to follow His example by loving one another, despite any transgression against us.
Jesus, no amount of pain stopped you from loving me.
When I am faced with pain or cruelty from others, may I not lash out in anger, but respond with love.
My Precious Savior, guide me to follow Your word in my thoughts, words and deeds. At day's end may I count my blessings with love and gratitude.
Please keep all the people suffering in the Philippines in your prayers.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!