Has anyone noticed that churches are becoming more and more divided? Just one difference can make a pastor leave a church and start one of his own just down the street. Just one difference can drive members to leave a church no matter how good of memories they had. This has been heavy on my heart lately.
Back in August, during my 2 year church anniversary, I went back to the church of my salvation. I wanted to see if there really was any changes I’ve experienced in just 2 years. Wow! Definitely SO much! I felt so much peace that day. It’s amazing what God can do in such a short amount of time.
That sermon has been with me ever since. It was about conflict. This sermon has been with me ever since, much more now.
Have we gotten to the point where we’re just afraid to tell the truth? Even if we’re proven wrong later on, it’s just true of how we feel at the time.
I have created so much division in such a short amount of time just by expressing my side of the truth. I have felt God wanting me to express myself no matter what since salvation. I didn’t really start to fully obey this until March. I was terrified. What would people think about me? This can’t be from God, right?! After much trial and error, I have come to realize it was God after all.
What hurt the most recently is I kept getting rejection after rejection after rejection just for being honest. I didn’t understand. I was just following what God wanted me to do. I kept praying (pleading most likely) to God what was the point to all that?? What was the point of going through all that truth telling just to end up even more alone especially in a church?
I kept getting a comforted feeling of peace that it all needed to happen. He let it all happen for a reason. I was afraid because of people thinking I’m even more crazy than I am but not I don’t even care. I have a great Father who loves me and will be guiding me even when I mess up who does not only see the mistakes I make. He loves me and wanted me for exactly who I am.
He made me realize more that it wasn’t just me. It’s the brokenness of the world not accepting people as they are. It’s the brokenness of the world not trying to learn from other people and going by what they think is right instead.
I have made a ton of mistakes in 2020 but I’m SO glad God doesn’t focus on any of them.
There’s enough division in a church. We’re all different. We’re all created differently and unique. It’s time to embrace the differences and learn anything we can from others. Blood is thicker than water and that blood is Jesus. That’s why I will always try to go into churches I don’t 100% agree with because we are all family anyway in Christ. We’re not always going to agree just like in any earthly family. We all need each other now more than ever.
Today’s challenge – see others as they are, not who we think they should be.