Paul is asking a mystery companion to assist in the reconciliation of these two ladies.
I wonder....if I was one of these two women, what would I do? How would I feel after hearing Paul's plea?
In a church we attended when my kids were teens, there was a time of contention between myself and anther person. The conflict was regarding our kids.....
At that time, the mama bear in me was roaring to fight and defend my kids....
To this day I stiffen at how the whole situation was handled by our pastor.
Sure there are times when we are wrong and must take responsibility and ask for forgiveness. But...what if we are the ones wronged?
First and foremost, God's Word and His work in me led to a new maturity. The book, A Tale of Three Kings A Study in Brokeness by Gene Edwards helped me through this time. Mr. Edwards' work helped me to heal and grow in grace.
Finally, the slogans of a 12 Step Program have helped.
We who make up the church are only human.
We will hurt others.
We will be hurt.
LET US NOT BLAME GOD FOR THIS!
He is not human and His heart breaks to see these situations!
If we hurt others, let us seek forgiveness and reconciliation!
If we have been hurt, let us seek healing and forgiveness.
Let us remember:
Oh boy, LORD! That was a tough trip down Memory Lane! Thank You for showing me how You have worked so diligently and deeply in my life! You have brought me so far!
Those times still bother me, but I now know that if I were to see those people again I could genuinely smile and greet them with Your love and concern for their welfare! That in itself is a great miracle!
Thank You my LORD and Savior! Bless those who are hurting/have hurt others. Bring unity and healing to our country, hurting people and especially in our churches.
I love You so, LORD! Thank You for loving me - even when I wasn't very lovable!
To Do Tuesday
Last week's To Do Tuesday
1) Keep up with Quilty 365 Done! See the Smilies on the black circles? Here's why!
2) Finish hand quilting two blocks of the Panel Baby Quilt4) Continue working on Patrick's Strength. Done and finished!
I made his afghan a bit narrow to accommodate his hospital bed. I'm hoping to get in the mail this week! Yea!
This week's To Do Tuesday
- Keep up with Quilty 365
- Finish Nicole's Squares Baby Quilt- Finish hand quilting two more blocks of Joe's Baby Quilt
- RSC 2017 - yellow squares!
- RSC 2017 - yellow squares!
- Continue working on prayer shawl
- Continue working on donation prayer shawl
I'm linking up to
Fiber Tuesday at
I love your observation and prayer. I'm going to share this with my friend as I am sure she will find comfort in it and your website in general. Thank you! ~smile~ Roseanne
Thank you for your kind comments! They surely have encouraged me today. I've been so joyful since I read them! I hope your friend is comforted! Thank you for visiting, commenting and sharing this post!
Thank you for inspiration and link to Show and Tell Monday !! Bambi hugReplyDelete
Thank YOU for visiting and hosting the link up! :)Delete
Good perspective on forgiveness and human error as we all have made mistakes, or have been the brunt of others mistakes. You have been busy in your crafting this week!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sharon. Really, it's all God. I so appreciate your comment - you've really encouraged me! ;)Delete
I will definitely be reading that book. Thanks for the recommend. Great job getting Patrick's afghan done!ReplyDelete
Let me know what you think of it! Tomorrow I will be posting a picture his mom sent with the afghan on Patrick's bed. Thank you for your kind comments!Delete
You have made wonderful progress this week! I'm so sorry for the pain, but I understand the choice of living and loving and enjoying life in the moment! The afghan is wonderful and I know it will be such a comfort to him. Thank you for the devotional today and the reminder that we are all human and forgiveness is necessary and so important. <3ReplyDelete
Awww...thank you Christine! God is so very good! Patrick received the afghan. His mom sent a picture with it on his bed. I'll be sharing it on Monday!Delete
It's very humbling and emotional.......