OF COURSE YOU WERE HURT AT CHURCH!!!
You are going to be offended at church. Someone is going to say something, do something, be somewhere, not be somewhere that will offend and hurt your feelings. The pastor did, didn’t, said, didn’t say…….
IT IS INEVITABLE!!
WHY IS IT INEVITABLE?
Because the church is filled with PEOPLE. Real people who have real pasts and are striving to make a real future. In that adventure of moving forward we are purging and working through the junk in our trunk from the past. We act or react out of our flesh at times and inadvertently wound and hurt people.
THERE ARE VERY FEW TIMES THAT PEOPLE ARE HURT AT CHURCH THAT IT IS PURPOSED, PLANNED, AND INTENTIONAL. The majority of people we hurt at church (cause we have all been wounded, and we have all wounded others), we have done it without malice in our hearts or minds.
SO WHAT DO I DO WHEN I GET HURT AT CHURCH? It is really painful Pastor!
- DO THE BIBLE. Matt. 18:15-17, Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
- DO NOT GO TO YOUR FRIEND AND TELL THEM OF YOUR WOUND TO VALIDATE YOUR FEELINGS. This will place your friend in the position of taking on your wound.
- CHOOSE TO FORGIVE! Matt. 6:14-15, For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
- IT IS A CHOICE TO SET YOURSELF FREE FROM UNFORGIVENESS WHICH TURNS TO BITTERNESS, WHICH WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE.
We will cover more tomorrow…….
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