I, too, have had a few new friend requests on Facebook from people who had "unfriended" me over 3 years ago. The other day someone sent me a note of apology. I cannot tell you how this warms my heart. So many of us have been praying and waiting for this day. Our hands were tied and we just prayed that God's truth would be revealed some day. God is at work and is in the process of restoring of relationships and healing broken hearts.
This is huge.
I had this post in "draft" mode for a few days and interestingly, last night, nearly 20 people received a private Facebook message from a former congregant. More than a handful of people have responded positively already. I thought the message fit perfectly with this post, so I asked the person who sent it for permission to post the message here and permission was granted. Here is the message:
It seems to me there is more unity after the events of October 2011. The TRUE love of God and sovereignty has been demonstrated to me in ways that i'm sure we are all amazed at. I see weights being lifted off, despite the severity of this trial. I truly believe God has a plan and a reason for EVERYTHING that has happened. So much good has come out of a horrible circumstances.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." It's funny the only verse that comes to mind is from Romans. lol *cough cough
Perhaps the greatest realization is that there is freedom with God. From my perspective, every Christian that has been suppressed, hurt and ripped apart by Chuck and other members of the church, has been lifted up by God, through the strengthening and revolution of their faith.
I thought the church's decisions' for past 3 years have been poor to say the least, but i'm glad the blinders are off. Even has a non-believer, I think this verse is pretty much awesome. ;o)
1 Cor 13 13:4-7
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
It might take a while to get to the point where we once were, but this is such a wonderful start. Friends, the battle is the Lord's and He is winning.