I am thinking tonight that perhaps my resolution to this issue will come through thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to enter into humility, turn one’s heart toward forgiveness, and begin to love.
So I thank God that He loves our church in Ukraine. That He worked specifically to bring each person to Himself and into His house. That He is fulfilling His promise to bring to completion the good work He’s started in each one of us.
I thank God that He uses our sins to show us who we really are–and He doesn’t forsake us, but uses it for our good, to understand Him better and make us closer Christ-followers. And I ask for each of us, that we would have the courage to not shrink back from seeing and acknowledging our sins, without excuses.
I thank God that He has chosen not to remove these people from our church. That He will bless me through them. That I don’t have to live in suspicion toward them, but I can live in love towards them. This is the will of God for me. He will work in me a non-hypocritical, devoted, honoring love for each person. (Romans 12:9-10)
I thank God that He will do this miracle work in me, and even more than I can think to ask.
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.
Though I fall, I will rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.