Love God, Love People

The church that I attend and have called my home for 10 years is going through some stuff. Our church body came together the other night to learn more, to support one another and to lean on the Lord. I don’t say this lightly, please pray for us. Although I have never met many of you in person I know that many of you are part of the body of Christ too, my extended church family, and I appreciate you all dearly.

I have witnessed something over the past several days. I’ve witnessed people making a choice. The choice to respond the way the world would respond or the choice to respond the way Jesus commands us to respond. I’ve watched people choose not to pick up the stones scattered at their feet and instead I have watched them choose love and undeserved grace. This doesn’t mean we aren’t disappointed. This doesn’t mean we don’t deeply hurt. This doesn’t mean we don’t grieve. Believe me, we do. It doesn’t mean we condone. It doesn’t mean there are not consequences. We don’t and there are. But our job is to love God, love each other and keep moving forward. God takes care of everything else.

I’ve been thinking about a couple things lately. The first is something a friend of my mine posted on facebook the other day “God is still on the throne and He doesn’t have a panic button.”

I love that! Nothing catches God off guard. Nothing shocks Him . Nothing rattles Him.

The other thing that keeps coming to mind is a single verse to a song I recently posted. “By the cross your grace has found me just as I am.” God’s grace meets us in the middle of the storm. When I am weak, I don’t need to do anything or go anywhere accept to the foot of the cross. God does the rest.

Thank you Lord!

8 thoughts on “Love God, Love People

  1. Heidi

    First of all… I am praying for you and your church! Secondly, it is wonderful to hear you witnessing people putting themselves aside to make choices for God. When we love God more than ourselves we will respond in kind… I can hardly wait to see what He will do with all of that obedience! Blessings!

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  2. Lisa

    Eileen, I will be praying for you and your church. I'm so glad that God doesn't have a panic button. He's always in control. Amen!

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  3. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Eileen, I'm very sorry to hear of the turmoil your church family is going through. You're certainly in my prayers.

    And I love the quote! I hope you don't mind, but I put it on my Facebook Wall as well. 🙂

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  4. Eileen

    Thanks guys for the encouragemet and prayers. I so appreciate you! And Phil, I certainly don't mind if you use the quote…wasn't mine to begin with 😉

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  5. Rachel

    As someone who has been in "full time" ministry- your words are a blessing. The decision especially during times like these in a church to be loving, gracious and kind goes such a long way, on so many levels. Well said.

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  6. Kandi

    Lovely post Eileen. I love the the reminder that our job is to love and keep going forward and let God handle the rest.

    Blessings.

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  7. Kelli

    Great post girl! Nothing does surprise God! Praise the Lord! The thing that always comforts me is that God stands out of time. He sees the no, the past, the furture all in one moment. God's got it. He is all-knowing, all the time. That brings such comfort.

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  8. Crystal

    Wonderfully written. It's been an encouragement the way that the church has responded. Although it may not be our home church any longer I do still feel a part and am proud to call them friends.

    Praying for you all.

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