If you have not yet read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would suggest you do so. This way, you'll know what I am writing about, without me having to rewrite much about this heartbreaking issue.
However, I will say that what happened shocked me, beyond belief. It literally broke my heart. And, hurt me, immensely.
It made me wonder if those in question were ever really my church family. It made me feel like I don't fit in there, if they think so little of me.
Oh, but then again, reality came back to my mind. The other person involved has credibility, being a friend of someone in authority in my church.
It made me feel sick to my stomach that after 18 years, I would ever be faced with a circumstance, like this one.
While this situation, in addition to the original problem, is heartbreaking, I realize that God believes I can handle it. Otherwise, it wouldn't have happened.
After all, God's will is always done. While He didn't create this situation, He certainly is in control of it. For this, I am thankful.
Yes, I have already forgiven those involved. Even if my heart is still broken. Why would I do this? Because, I am commanded of God to do this. So are you!
Is it a simple thing to do? To forgive and stand for what is right? To stand for Christ? Not really. But, I do so, anyway.
After all, it's easy to stand for Christ and stand for what is right, when things go well. Like when everything in life is going well. When family is happy. When no major problems are having to be dealt with.
The real truth comes out, when we are facing situations that could change how we react. When we feel our lives are falling apart.
How did I react? I am still standing for what is right. And, standing for my Lord, Jesus Christ. I've forgiven those who have hurt me, prayed for them, and am making an effort to do good to those who have dispitefully used me.
I'm making every effort to be obedient, to God as He told us to do, in His Word, the Bible.
This week, there was something I was grateful for. A church friend of mine, who also had heard about this situation, prayed with me. I thank you for this, friend. This was very encouraging to me.
The fact is, when the original situation becomes resolved, the truth will come out. Hopefully, it won't be long, before this happens.
Then, I can only wonder how those who were so eager to murder me with their mouths, will feel.
Until next time...
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