Sunday, February 26, 2012

Disappointment and Encouragement...

Lately, my life has been filled with a mixture of disappointment and encouragement.  Truly, this is not very different from your life, as I am sure you experience this, as well, from time to time.

While I will not be addressing what the problem is, or any information regarding the issues at hand, I will say that I have felt rather affected by the whole thing.  I say the whole thing, because although there are two (2) issues at hand, they are interrelated.

Did they both begin as being interrelated?  No.  It began as one personal problem, that grew to become a church family problem due to the other person involved being a good friend of a person of authority in my church. 

It mattered not that I didn't speak to anyone regarding the problem I was having, for the other person involved his friend, who then involved several others of my church family.  I use that term loosely; church family, I mean.

While I thought they were my church family, I was absolutely shocked hearing something from my only church family member, that I told of this issue, before it became a major situation by the other person.  Last weekend, what I heard from her, was a report of an insult to my character.  An attack on my integrity.  A suggestion of dishonesty.  Made by some of my church family members.

Was I happy?  No.  To be honest, I lost it.  Literally, lost it.  My temper, I mean.  While I apologized to my friend for raising my voice and being upset, the pain in my heart stayed with me.

Wasn't it bad enough to have been highly stressed over the original problem over the past couple of months?  The problem that has yet to be resolved.  Obviously, not.  It seems there was much more pain and suffering to be had by me.

Of course, God ordained this; otherwise, it would never have happened.

While my thoughts over the past few weeks have been mixed, thinking that I should look for somewhere else to worship, part of me feels that I will not be chased away.  So, even if I have worshipped elsewhere over the past few weeks, I have made sure I have also worshipped at my own church.

However, when this assault on my character was told to me recently, my heart literally broke.

How could those involved ever made a remark like the one that was made?  After all, we have worshipped together for 18 years.  How could they ever have thought badly of me?  Don't they even know me, after 18 years?  How could they think so little of me?

I've said it before and I'll say it, again.  There is not much love in this world.

Certainly, not for me.  And, not for some of you, either.

That's why I am so very grateful for my Lord, Jesus Christ, who loved me so much, that He came to this earth, to fulfill God, our Father's plan of redemption for us.  To die, so that we won't have to suffer in hell, for eternity.  So that we can be with Him in heaven, for eternity.

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord, and Saviour, please come to Christ, now.  You, like me, are not guaranteed tomorrow.  Do it, today.

If you need more information, please contact me.  May God bless you.

Please realize, there is more to be said, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until next time...

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