Ever feel led to pray for someone in the middle of the night? You are sleeping, dreaming, and then you are wakened. A name comes to mind and you begin to pray. You haven't prayed for them in a while. You are not even sure if the problem weeks ago is still a problem. You just know you are to pray. That happened to me a few days ago. It was not enough to lift my friend in prayer. I turned on my computer and wrote: "am praying for you tonite. May God bring great blessings into your life today. I pray you see the doorway He has opened for you. May grace abound. May peace and comfort fill your heart. Believing "God will perfect that which concerns you." Ps. 138:8
A church decides to terminate a minister. They meet to vote on the matter. No Biblical or moral grounds, nothing unethical, nor illegal. Supporters are silenced when Matthew 18 is rejected as a means to reconcile, because no sin has been committed. The church constitution and by-laws is totally ignored--people are told it will not be adhered to and would be changed. Someone states, the church just wants to move on. A standing ovation occurs and the minister leaves.
He knows no good will come of allowing injustice to take root in his heart and fester. God led him to use this time to teach His principles of grace, sovereignty, and steadfastness. He felt sorry for those who wronged him. He knows God does not condone injustice--nor will He honor it. What does he do as a result of his dismissal? With his permission I share what he wrote:
"The first Sunday away, I led my family through passages of 2 Peter, Matthew 5, Hebrews 11-12. We took time to express hurts, to forgive those who hurt us, to choose to love them, pray for them and to bless them. We took time to express our total dependence on Christ and to avoid becoming bitter. We took time to express our love for Christ, His church and each other. I believe God as ministered grace to us and we are in a good place. Again, thank you for your prayers, as of now we are just looking for what is next."