Have you ever been hurt by the church? It’s been said that if you haven’t been hurt in church, you haven’t attended long enough.
This issue has really been on my heart because recently I’ve had not one, not two, but several conversations with people about how they have been hurt by the church. As a result, they have expressed difficulty trusting Christians, difficulty returning to church and so many are not worshipping in church anymore, or some are but they aren’t sure who they can trust.
Read more for my letter to a wounded friend.
He kicked again, knocking the other boy down. Jackson took a step back regaining his breath while the other boy stood back up, blood gushing from his nose. Jackson didn’t have a single mark and was bewildered by the fact. The other boy refused to punch back. Jackson took another swing aiming for the other boy’s ear. His thrust was evaded as the other boy touched the cross pendant around his neck. “I love you. God loves you,” was all the other boy would say.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people show a lack of respect for others. It seems that in today’s society, social graces focus less on respecting others and more on a “me first” mentality. During my quiet time recently, I read from 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love your Christian brothers and sisters, fear God and respect the king.” These tips are some of the ways I’m teaching my children to show respect to others.
Trials. Stresses. Difficult Times.
We’ve all been there, right?
Jesus told us in this life we would face trials. He told us to just expect it. But thankfully, He didn’t just give us a handful of bad news and walk away. He also offered the encouragement that even though the trials would come, we could maintain our peace and calm assurance because He has already overcome anything we would face in this lifetime.