I want to share with you something I wrote as an entry on FB. It wasn't done recently. I originally posted it, about five (5) years ago.
Here's what the entry on FB said:
When I was offered by FB to share again this five (5) year old entry I had made, I did it! Here's what I said, when I re-shared it:
Lynn McKenzie shared a memory.
When I first began telling my friends that I love them, back in 2011, I did so thinking they would realize that I truly loved them. Loved them, with Christian love.
Why did I do this?
First, I need to say that I had some Christian friends who told me that they loved me. Both male and female friends.
Was I afraid to tell both my male and female friends that I loved them? Absolutely, not!
I thought they would realize that I was using Christian love.
However, I had some friends, who had not just been FB friends, but who also had been a child-life friends. To each of them, I also let them know... I love them.
This seemed to be okay with everyone I messaged, chatted with, or just shared a FB posting with. Including men and not just women.
Except for one fellow.
This man had been a child-life friend, and had been the first person to find me on FB. Knowing we had true friendship, and knowing he's a minister, I thought he would realize that the love I had was Christian love.
At first, I didn't understand why he reacted in an unusual way.
He unfriended me on FB. Even so, he messaged me on FB, asking if I wanted to have sin in my life.
I told him, I didn't want to have sin in my life. He seemed glad about that.
Since then, I have never been messaged by him on FB. Not even to wish me Merry Christmas!, Happy New Year!, Happy Birthday!, or even Happy Easter!
After praying about this, I eventually came to the conclusion that this previous male friend had thought I had told him I loved him, not in Christian love. But rather... in human love.
When I realized this, I prayed that God would reveal truth to him.
Whether or not this has happened, I have no idea. But, I think not.
If He had revealed truth to him, then maybe he would have realized that he didn't need to stop being friendly to me, in any way.
To be honest, I felt he was being sinful, towards me. But, I forgave him.
The forgiveness I gave him, was truly done in Christian love.
Thinking of this, brought to mind 1 Peter 4:8, "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
Yes, above all things have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins.
I praise God that He has clearly taught me to have love. And, the love I have and give to others, covers a multitude of sins.
For this, I will always be thankful.
Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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