When does healing come? Are there any spiritual antibiotics out there? I think I need some spiritual amoxicillian or something. I’ve been on bedrest (so to speak – I’ve been going to church but not really doing anything as far as ministry goes). I’ve been eating and drinking regularly (reading my Bible and praying and worshipping). Then another blow comes…another bout of something.
We are in transition right now to a new church. We have been going there for a few months and feel it is a healthy church. We have been planning on making the total transition by the end of the year.
There is no good way to leave one church and go to another. We let the church where we were attending know that we are going…and they pretty much slammed the door in our faces. Our decision offended them. I can only think that there must have been an existing wound. We couldn’t have been the cause of such injury.
I am so tired of “friendly fire” in Christian circles. It is disappointing. It is disheartening. It makes me feel hopeless…like there is no Holy Spirit left in the world. Where are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?? Where is the love, the joy, the peace, the patients, the faith, the kindness, the gentleness, the longsuffering? Someone must make a decision to stop firing. Why are we making other Christians the “enemy”? How can we stop the cycle? How can we identify the real enemy?
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
Thinking of all of this takes me back to the prayer about having wisdom. God please help us to have wisdom in this situation. Please help us not to be double-minded in anyway but help us to reflect Jesus Christ and His heart and His actions. In Jesus name, Amen…
You see the problem is we have to think like Jesus. Let’s be real. What happened hurt us. Jesus cried until he wept blood because of his hurt. (What He endured was much greater than this) It’s okay to hurt – that’s normal; it means we are human. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him. He didn’t kick Judas out. Jesus loved Judas THROUGH the whole situation. Jesus’ love didn’t change. Jesus didn’t stop extending grace to Judas. Jesus did warned him. Jesus continued to LOVE Judas. Why is it so hard for us? Why do our emotions drive us and define us?
It may take a little while to recover from this latest blow. Friends have been lost. People who have been a part of our lives are lost to us. We are deeply saddened; heartbroken. But may God help us to be Christ followers and Kingdom builders though it all.