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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Count it all joy when you are mistreated or injured by God’s people

The one that forgive little love little and the one that forgive much love more. Mathew 5 verse 44 - But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

It’s sad but all-too-prevalent fact of life that while Christian churches have some of the truest, nurturing, and loving people in the world, they also can have some of the most hypocritical, hurtful, closed-minded people as well. And sometimes when you get hurt by Christians, it hurts much more than when you’re hurt by non-Christians, just because you would think that someone who has been born again and strives to be a reflection of Christ should know better.

But what we seem to forget is that churches are made of humans, humans are imperfect, and when imperfect humans get together the results can be disturbing. Among my own friends, I can count many who have had a heart to serve God, but who ultimately were disappointed by people who were supposed to love them but ended up doing just the opposite.

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. This bible sentence actually reminds me of the story of Hagar in the bible; she was a woman who was taken away from her home to be a slave in Egypt and then sent to be a slave of Abraham. And in that role, she experienced horrific treatment from both Sarah and Abraham; people who still today are considered among the most faithful and Godly people who ever walked the planet.

When we put ourselves in Hagar’s shoes, it’s a serious wakeup call, as when we’re mistreated by God’s people we often go through the same emotions she must have gone through.  Emotions like feeling of shock, self-pity, isolation, shame, resentment, confusion, injustice, sadness (to the point of wanting to give up on life). But as Hagar experienced, we can also feel the loving hand of God as well because in my opinion God knows all about it……

If you’ve been mistreated, estranged, not accepted from your church or a group of believers, remember that you’re not alone, maybe is just a reminder for you to examine yourself and to be reminded that God cares for the broken-hearted.

No matter how hurt you are God loves you! Stay focus and count it all joy! J

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