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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: Judged, but Forgiven
By Ann Marie Lindenmeyer


Divorce, what a nasty word. I never thought it would be a part of my life and that I would be living through it. I had always envisioned that when I married it would be forever. I was wrong. Here I am in the midst of emotional hardship, confusion, and chaos. My Christian life is what has made this point in my life so much more difficult to understand.

My relationship with Jesus only strengthens as I turn to Him during such trying times. I need Him now because of the turmoil I face. As a Christ-follower, I am torn. I have felt overwhelming emotions of guilt, regret, anger, fear, hatred, bitterness, and difficulty with forgiveness. I feel like a failure and many times turn away from God because I am feeling so many things that are against what God wishes for us.

The Bible tells us not to divorce. I understand this, but it doesn't change the state of my life I am currently facing. There are some Christians I have encountered over the past months that have been very judgmental because of my marital dilemma. Are they not sinners? I look back at times I have judged others and asked God for forgiveness. We, as Christians, should be accepting of all people, even during sin. Our lives are not perfect and we all face our own struggles, temptations, and sin.

I am facing my own struggles right now and have felt alone and deserted by those who I expected to be more supportive. Some people just don't know what to say to me, so they say nothing. During someones most unfortunate times, shouldn't we reach out to them with love and support? I have found some amazing people as my support and I thank God for them. Others I have known over the years that are not Christ-followers reach out and talk to me to see how I am doing and I am thankful for them also.

Though I may be breaking God's rules in His rule-book, I can only ask for His forgiveness and continue to give Him my life. My relationship with Jesus is the most important one I have right now and always, and other people,...I realize they are just that, people that can make mistakes. I've had my share of my own mistakes and I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross for me. With prayer and faith I can move on from this and only grow stronger.

Member Comments
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darlene hight08/23/04
Good piece and good reminder.
Teresa Lee Rainey08/24/04
Ann, your title says it all. Yes, we are "Judged, but Forgiven". Praise God for that as I have been where you are. God has not only forgiven me, but blessed me beyond measure continually in the years since that time. My prayers are with you.
L.M. Lee08/24/04
Hang in there!

Church-goers were the meanest and cruelest to me after my marriage failed. I was tole a million times...well if you had prayed more and exercised more faith, you're marriage would be healed.

Maybe it would have, but that wasn't the reality of the moment.

I didn't need condemnation, I needed compassion.

I can assure you that God is faithful. He will not leave you or forsake you, even when you break the rules.
Phyllis Inniss08/25/04
You will get through this pain. God works everything out in His time and you will be able to heal someone else's pain. Blessings
Lucian Thompson08/28/04
Ann, There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1) There is life after divorce! There is ministry after divorce! There can be peace, after divorce. Receive it now in Jesus name, I pray. You are loved!
Melanie Kerr 08/29/04
TRime and time again I have found that some times the poeple who are nto Christians have behaved in a more Christian manner than those who claim that they are. Sad isn't it?
Roberta Kittrell08/29/04
Dear Ann Marie, please e-mail me at
missbobbi007@wmconnect.com . You can check my web page first, then you will know whether to heed what the Lord may write through me.

Heed Rev. Lucian Thompson's comments.
Know I share your hurts and those of many others for the Lord has had me walk in many dif-
frent pairs of shoes.

May you feel God's protective, loving arms around you as you go on this portion of your spiritual journey. Bobbi