If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that I had been treated badly by someone who wasn't just a Facebook (FB) friend, but who had also been a child-life friend. You'll also know I forgave him.
There's been some other people on FB, who have unfriended me.
Not due to anything concerning love. But, rather because they didn't like some things I posted on FB.
I must admit, it has been mainly due to those previous FB friends not liking what I have posted and/or spoken about, regarding Islam.
Yes, on FB I've had people unfriend me, because they didn't really want to accept the truth about Islam. Even though I have taken courses in Understanding Islam. And, speak truth.
However, someone I had been life-friends with since 1988, decided to no longer be my friend.
Not on FB. She's still a friend on FB.
But, she's no longer a friend in real life.
Why? During a telephone conversation a few weeks ago, she got upset with me.
She told me she didn't like what I believed, regarding Muslims. Plus, she was upset that we didn't agree about what was happening in USA, with regard to the upcoming election, even though we are Canadian, and not Americans who would be voting.
During our conversation, she hung up on me.
Instead of calling her back, I went on FB and privately messaged her. It took a quite a while, before I received a message back from her.
Even though I had told her that I thought we should still be friends, and not discuss anything we didn't agree about, she didn't agree. In fact, she let me know that she didn't want anything to do with me, anymore.
It's okay. I forgave her.
After all, I thought she would be a lifetime friend. It didn't matter to me, if we didn't agree on certain things in life.
And, I didn't want to treat her badly, even though she didn't agree with me.
Thinking of this, brought to mind, 1 Peter 4:9, "Use hospitality one to another without grudging."
Yes, we need to be caring to others, without being unwilling to accept the fact that we may not all think alike.
Even though I had not heard from her, I thought possibly I would at some time. Plus, I thought God would open the door for our friendship to be returned.
I was wrong.
How do I know this?
While doing grocery shopping the other day, I ran into her. And, said 'hello'.
She responded, but didn't carry on any conversation. Other than a few words.
I must admit, that I pray our friendship will be restored.
The only other thing I can say about this, is that I pray God will reveal truth to her.
Just as He's done to many other people. Including me.
For this, I will always be thankful.
Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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