There it is. Another ugly, races, hateful, hurtful word from one I know very well. “I don’t understand,” has been cried out to God many times after one of their zingers comes out of their mouth. “God, why do they still feel, act, and say these things? After all, they go to church!”
Just the other day, when this happened again, I questioned heaven for understanding, I sensed the Lord spoke and said, “But church doesn’t go to them.” It was in that moment I realized that even though they go to church every time the doors are open, the doors to their heart are closed! They might even be locked, boarded up with a sign posted, “No Trespassing”.
Jane Rubietta writes, in her book, Come Closer,
“After all, what difference does the gospel make if it doesn’t make a difference, right?”
The word of God should change us, and make us more like Jesus. It should soften our heart toward others. Does that mean be tolerant of their sins? Not at all, but give us understanding as to why they act out like they do.
So what do we do when someone we kind of have to be around says or does something that hurts? We pray for them as we stand up for Truth, and then we surround them with love. God’s love, perfect love, is the only key to opening the doors to their wounded hearts. They must see love, hear love, and feel loved even after they hurt us or others.
If the message they hear at church isn’t getting through, then the love they witness from us just might.
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