Well I did NOT see that coming

Lately I’ve been going through it – as we know. Well the past week God has been showing me more and more about forgiveness. Well, since I’m such a perfect Christian and all….i did not see this coming. That it was a message for someone else and not me (insert a huge amount of sarcasm in those last 2 sentences please). Well….it was told to me that I was to receive a visitor. One who had majorly offended me 42,000 years ago – and I never forgot. As soon as I heard the news – my snarky side came out and boom. I did not see that coming – bitterness.

God forgive me.

Even as I type this? I am getting angry about how I was offended. But then also? I’m kinda seeing how the way this person offended me had nothing to do with me – but everything to do with their insecurities. Their sin. Their faults. They honest to goodness slapped me (well metaphorically) in the face. See the anger?

Sigh.

A work in progress folks. But I can see what God was…is trying to tell me. That people aren’t perfect. That people will fail me – my job is not to judge them or put them “in their place”. But to love them. To pray for them. And to show God’s love – no matter how I feel about them.

I know it is not going to be fun….or at all easy. But here I am Lord. Please use me to be a blessing…..even to that person. I know. I KNOW I cant do this….but by your grace alone Lord? I will.

Man this is gonna be difficult.

We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

2 corinthians 13:9-11

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