I received an email from a friend this morning that at first read caused me to scream (in my head of course) another chain email, REALLY!? I am just so tired of the well meaning blessing threatening in the name of Jesus or for the sake of Jesus emails I receive.
First and foremost: I am a Christian. A bible believing born again, bible thumping Christian. And I am a Pastor, Co-Pastor to be exact. My husband and I minister in a sweet family home fellowship called tfc or That Fish Church ><((((*> .
So it is not the fact that the emails are Christ based, but the offense comes in for me at the point of saying I must not be a believer or I must not want others blessed if I don’t forward this to at least 7 others. Or whatever other statement of disaster is posted in the closing. I have become so critical of these that frankly I don’t read them with an open heart anymore or read them at all.
Until this morning.
I read the email and my heart was initially offended.
I went up to take a shower and get myself ready for the day.
(I have some great moments of thought and revelation in the shower, maybe that is T.M.I., but wonder how many of you would agree that it’s a great place for thinking?)
And it dawned on me…
Holy Spirit is a catalyst to us, prompts people to write books or a blog, give great sermons and talks, brings us to pray, unction’s us to just go visit, many things we are prompted to do by Holy Spirit’s intervening. Can we not be prompted to send an email?
All things work for the glory of God…right?
So I re-read the email. I had to laugh at myself. It wasn’t a chain email at all. In fact it was a sweet prayer and gesture to “Dear Woman of God,” that’s me and so many other wonderful ladies I know. (and be sure to include the Dear Men of God)
The point of this blog?
Do you maybe need to re-visit something/someone that initially offended you?
Is that really what it/they said?
What if your heart’s attitude was more like Christ requested? They will know we are Christians by our love. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
Let us look past the offense and see more of Christ in them and us.