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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)
TITLE: Judged, but Forgiven
By Ann Marie Lindenmeyer
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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.