Tuesday, May 31, 2005

heartbreak

I feel heartbroken at the moment...I really do...to the point of tears actually. I can't believe how hateful Christians can be sometimes.

Please, PLEASE...those of us who are believers...we need to remember to handle all people with care. Gentleness, love, kindness, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, patience...these are the fruits of the Spirit.

I pray your faces glow with the Spirit.

8 Comments:

Blogger Julana said...

Jana,
I would email you off-list, but cannot find your address.
Julana

8:53 PM  
Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

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9:14 PM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

Amen to how we should handle each other. At what point in our history did Christian's forget that you can take a firm stance or state a stalwart personal belief with love, gentleness, and concern. It seems that most of the time if a Christian feels strongly about something it can only be expressed with one or more of the following attributes being conveyed: anger, disgust, loathing, hate, prejudice, judgement, spite, hurtfulness, etc.

Is it because we are not good communicators, because we miss much of Christ's message, or do not let the Spirit live in us? All of the above?

Or is that we pretend to be something different, but can't measure up to our own pretensions?

Tony
Tony's Blog

10:01 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

Tony - Yes, yes, yes! Preach on!!! "At what point in our history did Christians forget that you can take a firm stance or state a stalwart personal belief with love, gentleness, and concern?" I ask this question EVERY DAY!!!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Jana,

Thanks for being so honest in your blog. There are so many times that I walk away from situations saying, "I could have handled that better."

I really do wonder if people can see Jesus in me through my actions. Your blog today just hit home with me. Thanks.

10:41 AM  
Blogger J-Wild said...

I think it gets down to a fundamental desire for US to be the ones who save, and not Jesus. See if I can tell you what you are doing wrong and if I can show you how to do it right (like me!) then I have saved you.

Instead when we get it through our thick self-imporant skulls that it is Christ who saves and not us, then we can start having interactions with people the way Christ did. If anything the stuff that is spewed towards the "sinner" in the world would have been directed to the religious (like me) by Jesus.

He protected the dignity and life of the adulter before loving her to "go and sin no more."

We must loose our "savior complex" and gain a "saved" complex.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

J-Wild, wonderful observation. It is a control issue isn't it?

Tony

12:34 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Isn't it funny how the only person I've ever known to not have a "savior complex" was The Savior???

3:25 PM  

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