I have been a Christian and part of the church for over 40 years. Being an imperfect person involved with other imperfect people, has given me many opportunities to offend others and to become offended. To stay involved in the church, I have had to learn to let go of offenses and forgive others. I would like to share a way that helps me.
In Romans 14:10 it says; “Eventually, we are all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position one bit.”
I picture myself standing before God, as I try to explain to Him why I quit going to my church, or Life group because of something someone said or did something that hurt my feelings or made me mad, that because of some else’s actions I chose not to be obedient or use the gifts God gave me to share with his church. When I consider trying to justify my behavior to Almighty God, it puts everything in a right perspective for me.
Someday I want to stand before Jesus and have Him say to me, “Good work! You did your job well.” (Matthew 25:21) If this means I need to let go of my need to be right or my hurt feelings, I am more than willing to do this. His approval is worth it!
Written by Pattie Johnson, Valley Life Group Leader