For years, they were active and faithful members of the church where I serve as pastor. But then over a period of time they started attending a Sunday School class with some friends at another church in town.
After several months, they made an appointment to visit with me in my office. They explained to me that they were going to join that church, but they made it clear how much they love our church. They were kind enough to say that they enjoyed me as their pastor. But they were going to join another church for several reasons, including the Sunday School class with their friends.
We had a really good visit that afternoon. I assured them that they will be joining a really fine church, and how much I respect and admire the pastor of that church. We prayed together and even shed some tears. We still remain good friends.
I have to say, it was the best “break-up” ever. It was done with kindness and understanding, and the love of Christ. I just believe that it’s the way it is supposed to be.
I know that not all parting of ways can be so healing and uplifting. But I’m thankful for at least one that was. Scripture encourages us to be “kind and tenderhearted to each other.” (Ephesians 4:32) The Apostle John reminds us, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.” (I John 4:7)
Let's be an instrument of God's peace to someone this week!