The following is a situation, where a friendship dissolved. My friendship. With someone, I cared about deeply as a Prayer partner, friend, etc. But do you ever see something, and you realize, this is something that could be rectified? That this happens often. I wrote this, but the impact of it opened my eyes. We are not united, as Christians. And this is part of the problem. So read this, knowing yes its personal. But it is also something that affects the body of Christ.
This is a card, I got from someone, I called a sister, and a friend in Christ. My Prayer Partner. Someone, who I truly thought was family. In the family of God. She gave it to me, years ago. I never got rid of it, and just recently, ran across it.
It actually pained me, to see it. Because it was such a sweet sentiment. It was, I thought, just another reminder, to be faithful in Christ. That we both had tried to share, in giving. Nurturing. To each other. In Christ.
Because of Christ, and who He is. He who loves us, and is the great intercessor, who intercedes on our behalf. He taught us to love one another. He taught us to pray, and to forgive.
So, I had never worried about the friendship. Maybe I should have, been more alert, more watchful, but it was something, I was very comfortable with, and had faith in.
Somehow, and I saw it once. I saw there was a lie. And I won’t go into details, but I knew better, I saw the discrepancy, and yet still offered grace.
But, the friendship dissolved. And I see a lot of that, not only with this situation. But I see Christians, who take the bait from the enemy. And they disagree, and they leave no room for grace. Or for, forgiveness, or just the ability, to resolve issues, without, a complete dissolving.
People are thrown out of churches, for maybe not agreeing, and people would rather, have their pride, then try and resolve things. Pastors, do not love their sheep, they throw them out to wolves.
What happens with that, though, when its not broken, the power of unity, can move mountains. It can heal the sick. The power of agreement in prayer, with Christians, can bring God into a situation. Christ, said, He was in the midst of those when there are two or more in agreement, in prayer.
I know, because there was power, in our prayers, we prayed together. In a prayer of agreement, and Christs love. We both felt the presence of God. We would worship the Lord together, raise our hands, and it was a blessing. As we prayed.
I actually miss it. It was comforting, to go to someone, to ask for prayer. I remember once, we prayed, I had lost my diamond out of my wedding ring, and she prayed, and as I looked down, it was on the floor, at the moment of prayer. That was anointed.
So, yes, I see the enemies hand in all of this. Lies. And if that characteristic shows up, the truth, is put to the side.
In this particular situation, it took such a strange turn, that I still am shocked, when I think about it, at what was expressed, to me, but that I also became very stubborn, to not try and resolve it. And for the record, I forgave, I tried to express that.
But, there was nothing I really could do, at this point. So, I walked away.
Do you notice, people are not accountable? They cannot debate, or reason with one another, without insulting? Or use other methods of communication, unless its their way?
I see that in other situations as well. The finger pointing. The accusing. I see that in politics, in the church, with other Christians.
These are world tactics. And we as Christians are not called to be like the world. The pride, stops Gods work. No wonder, God says, He hates pride.
But it does get me mad, righteously indignant, that the devil, can divide people. And that’s his entire purpose. To kill, steal, and destroy. And especially those who are united in prayer. He wants to break up the body of Christ. Because when we are in agreement, there is power.
This is why, and I always try to hammer this. But this is why, I use a King James bible, to be in agreement with Him. Because the word is holy, anointed, and not corrupted by someone who changed it. Its Gods voice, and there is great power in using a King James. But its difficult to get folks to see that. It would be nice if I even had someone to pray with concerning that, in a prayer of agreement. But I no longer have that.
But, I will always pray. Even if it is by myself. As an intercessor. Who writes prayer, and I know that, as my gift and calling. Yes, the power of agreement, in prayer is beautiful. But one just needs Jesus to go the throne of God, and to seek Him, with His word, His promises. Whether people agree or not. I guess, the benefit, of having someone agree with you in prayer though, is the speed of it. I would think. I don’t know, but its beautiful when there is agreement in prayer.
I believe in prayer, and the power of prayer, when there is obedience. But it seems there is no power lately, with being united. Even in our country. Notice how divided we are? As a nation.
I am sad, this person, could not see that. Because she thought and stated, that the friendship was only for a season. But I don’t see any where in the bible, where it says, friendship is for a season. In fact, in Proverbs 17:17 KJV it states:
A FRIEND LOVETH AT ALL TIMES, AND A BROTHER IS BORN FOR ADVERSITY.
Words, do have power, that were spoken. That it was only for a season, so I honored it. The case was closed.
How many other friendships, in Christ are dissolved, because of pride? Or just wanting to be right, and to have an attitude?
I don’t know. All I know, is you cannot control people, with these kinds of methods. I have never been into manipulating anyone. Or trying to make them do something, that really is not from God. And I myself, do rebel against such tactics.
I have prayed. But after a while, when the answer seems to be no. You realize, that it could have been a test.
I just saw things where, I knew, I had to stay loyal to God. Where, no matter what, I could not compromise. As much as I wanted to do so, I could not. And will not.
But I do pray, the body of Christ, and people would learn, yes, Christ tells us to forgive. But in there, is a place, where we do have to be accountable, repentant, apologetic, humble, even to one another, and see the error of our ways, or we don’t grow.
And we have to repent to God first, then to one another. Why do I state God first? Because God will not forgive us unless we ask for forgiveness. And people think grace covers it. And yes, grace is nice, this is what I offered in that situation. But grace can be abused.
But God is not mocked. In any way. I know this about my Lord, my Father. We reap what we sow. And it can be grievous. Reaping from sin, can be so heart breaking. I know, I have reaped from my own sins. Things that are not reversible. Because of being foolish, not praying. Or asking for guidance.
But these things happen, because we are not taught to repent. We are not taught to apologize. In fact, look around, when do you see repentance or apologies? This is why the body of Christ needs to be united!
So, we always have to get right with God first. We always have to be repentant, in His sight, or pride will creep up. And therein, is the problem. I had hoped, she would have seen the error of this. But she did not.
Thats what I had hoped for, it did not happen.
I just know this. I will never, ever trust anybody like that again. See this was something that had touched my soul, but it made me realize, well, if God doesn’t trust the angels, how can He trust us? Sad, that we cannot always trust each other.
I think we all need to work on that. I just want to hear well done good, and faithful servant. So I pray, God trusts me.
Friends, if you know someone in Christ, that you need to communicate with, because you on your part, did not offer grace. Go to that person. Make it right. Give that devil a black eye, by being someone who has courage, enough, to walk in love.
MY SON, IF THOU BE SURETY FOR THY FRIEND, IF THOU HAST STRICKEN THY HAND WITH A STRANGER, THOU ART SNARED WITH THE WORDS OF THY MOUTH, THOU ART TAKEN WITH THE WORDS OF THY MOUTH. DO THIS NOW, MY SON, AND DELIVER THYSELF, WHEN THOU ART COME INTO THE HAND OF THY FRIEND; GO HUMBLE THYSELF, AND MAKE SURE THY FRIEND. PROVERBS 6:1-3 King James.
Christ said, we would be known by the love. John 13:34-35 King James. Look it up.
We have to see this. It just resonated so strongly to me, that this is why we are not united. We are being deceived by the devil himself, when we do not walk in love. When we cannot forgive. Or we cannot resolve issues, because we are offended. God sees. Please share this. It could unite us.
Blessings, in Christ,