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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RV Ministry

I want to say that i posted about my recent trial i endured with RV Ministry. I am proud to once again feel in my heart and can shout to online world that RV Ministry is an awesome ministry!

During my trial i was suffering and as you know when our hearts are filled with pain and sorrow it’s hard to see the better pictures. We live in an imperfect world. We all make mistakes. God tells us to forgive and to love one another as he loves us.

I am at peace with all that has happened. I have accepted the apology of those involved and I can honestly say forgiveness fills my heart. I know that mistakes were made by all of us.

Even though everything in life has good and bad things. RV Ministry is a wonderful ministry. RV Ministry is truly about building churches and changing lives. I am so thankful that God has lead me to be apart of this amazing ministry. I know that God has a purpose and plan for me in this ministry. I look forward to what is ahead of me and please I ask any of you who may have bad thoughts not to let my experience put a bad seed about the ministry in your hearts.

I honestly believe that lessons were learned and that in the future the mistakes made will not be repeated. Once again I owe Rick and Jerry apology as i judge them harshly before they actually had all the real truth. Sometimes we assume that people know the truth but if you don’t tell them how can they honestly know all the facts in something? Assumption is a big word and sometimes it can lead to mistakes.

I woke up around 2 am and I couldn’t go back to sleep. My back is aching. It’s raining here. So i gave in and took some pain medication. As i was up i was reading my daily devotional from “Daily Word” Yesterday study was on Godly Compassion.

The amazing part is i had done my devotional time yesterday, yet for some reason i failed to read this.

I’m posting what it says ….

As we open our hearts to minister to those around us, we soon discover we live in an imperfect world full of sickness, heartache, and frustrations. Many of us (many more than we realize) are facing trials which are sometimes quite severe. When we are finally invited into someone's private world and allowed to hear of their pain, it can be difficult to know what to do or say.
As we grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus, we learn of His truths: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We understand and usually have some actual experience with God's loving plan and purpose; "in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him" (Romans 8:28). But there are times when this type of advice - even this type of truth - can be a little cold and fail to comfort or draw someone closer to God.
While it's absolutely true that God will use our pain and suffering for His glory, it may not be the first response someone needs to hear when they enter a difficult trial; "There is a time for everything...a time to be silent and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7). We must learn to be sensitive to the more immediate need.
When Lazarus became very sick, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus but He did not come until after Lazarus died. Mary fell at Jesus' feet and cried: "Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:32). At that moment, Jesus did NOT begin preaching "Rejoice in the Lord always!" (Philippians 4:4). There would be other opportunities for sermons, other opportunities to speak about faith and trust, but in this moment the need simply required compassion.
John 11:33,35
"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled...Jesus wept."
The Creator of the Universe wept! From the beginning of time, Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead; He knew many lives would soon be changed through this miracle. But "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus" (John 11:5). Though this pain and sorrow was necessary in the context of God's sovereign plan, these were real people who were grieving; Jesus took time to show He truly cared and understood their pain.
The world is in great need of the healing power of Jesus Christ. Sin has caused separation from God and left many lives in a mess. As we minister through encouragement and the truth of God's Word, we are called to do so while "speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). But love does not exist outside of a relationship. And in a loving relationship we will often best demonstrate God's truth by listening and comforting with a Godly compassion.

After i read this i thought about myself. Since becoming a Christian I have always tried to put others before myself. I’m going to admit most of the time i have a soft heart that is filled with love and compassion for others. But there are times when anger fills me i can have a hard heart. I’ve been accused of being sensitive. I looked up what the word sensitive means and i found ( #3. having acute mental or emotional sensibility; aware of and responsive to the feelings of others.)

Then i looked up the word compassion and here is what i found (#1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.)

Hmmm .. makes one wonder about what is the difference in being sensitive and Godly compassion. So I asked myself am i sensitive or just filled with a godly compassion?

I believe that when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. He transformed me into a new person. Jesus took a cold hard heart and transformed it into a warm loving heart.

Trials and sufferings that we endure help to create and mold us into who we are. Through every trial in my life God has always brought out good in the end. God makes me stronger each time. He gives me more knowledge. How awesome is that? God is an awesome God and I praise him for all that he has given me.

So if some feel i am sensitive at times .. that is okay because i chose to say i have Godly compassion.

Have a blessed Day!