Letters, comments, tear filled words from broken and wounded hearts find their way to my soul.
There are so many injured by the careless words of those who are supposed to be our Family. The graceless treatment administered by those who should know better creates lesions no physical knife can match.
I know that pain and I feel it with you.
Here are my thoughts. Quoted from a direct response to one such broken and wounded heart:
The best advice I can give, especially in such a heartbreaking situation as yours, is to think of the times you know you were wrong. Recall the times when you so desperately needed undeserved/unearned grace. That may help you in your desire to offer it to others. I know, in my own life, that I could use the failures of others as a balm to my wounded soul, but that would be at their expense. It’s a balm completely independent of the salve that Jesus earned on a splintering cross. If we try to settle accounts outside of that truth, we will always alienate ourselves from the very thing that holds us together.
What looks as though is turned against you will be the very thing that teaches you about salvation. Don’t focus on sin to try to gain knowledge. Grace-bread wisdom is the only thing worth knowing. Focus on what you’re learning about yourself and God.
Release them. Just as you were released. Not because they’re right, but because Jesus is real.