Sunday’s are my fave! It’s usually a day of rest, but not until I’ve been to God’s house first. I love my church, my pastors, my friends, and the community it brings. However, there was a time when I didn’t like church so much. You see, I had been hurt by people “in the church.” The one place you would think is safe, but church is made up of imperfect people with imperfect lives. I’m not perfect; I’m sure I’ve hurt people and didn’t even realize it. I’m not sure why I thought offense couldn’t happen to me, but when it did it shook me. I tried to forgive the offense, but a part of me wanted to hold it against them. I tried to get over it, but how could I? They hurt me; like really hurt me. Maybe not intentionally, but I was offended. It took everything in me to enter the building again let alone put on a smile and act like everything was ok.
Jesus says to forgive every time someone offends you and love those who persecute you. Whether you feel like it or not, whether they deserve it or not, he says do it anyway. When we give Jesus our hurt and forgive, true healing can take place. It’s not easy but there is freedom in it. We are all human and will eventually hurt someone in church or out of church. Don’t let the offense rob us of the community we need in our lives, the accountability, the relationships. The Enemy would love nothing more than to create division in Gods house. He knows that when Gods people are united, amazing “Kingdom” things can happen. Y’all let’s be a people that forgives our brothers and sisters and free ourselves from the unforgiveness that keeps us prisoner. We’ve got things to do. Let’s build up one another and cheer each other on. We are better together!