It’s been a long time I posted here.
Sometime ago I posted on my Instagram account that “One of the true tests of a Christian believer’s faith is when he/she is ‘tried’ by another Christian believer.” I said I was going to do a video but after several recordings and ending up deleting them for reasons I don’t even know, (hehehe) I have decided to write about it instead. (What I do best.)
I can’t exactly picture what I was doing before this quote came about but I remember something that happened many years ago.
For those who know me, I can write in several fonts and calligraphy was one I always did on certificates and this hobby earned me some money as a student. Now I had this youth leader who wanted my services and I obliged him and did about 500 or more certificates. I can’t remember exactly how much he was to pay but I remember clearly he was to pay a balance of NGN 4,000.00. I began to disturb him for my money and in a bid not to pay me, he went online and downloaded some pictures of me in yellow and brown braids. Those braids I remember so well as I did it during one of those crazy days at school. Now he printed those pictures and brought them to my house to show my parents and you can imagine what happened after that. (Now I laugh so hard when I remember it) Anyways, he used that to avoid paying me till today. I remember seeing him every time in church and just feeling so hurt and angry. Even though my dad later got to know why he did what he did and was so disappointed, I never confronted him.
Even though my relationship then with God wasn’t as it is now, I was one that was very open and honest to God. I always told him exactly how I feel. So I told God to judge him. While I don’t know what has become of him today as we soon left that community back then, I bless God that I am not where I was.
I know that some of you reading this must have gone through an ordeal like this or know someone who has. How were you able to come through? Scriptures encourages us in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 not to take our fellow brother or sister to court. So what do we do in such a case?
Many a times, taking it to the church to settle, only leads to even more grievances as sometime, the offender is justified for his wrong doing and then it looks as though he/she was right to have done such ungodly acts. While I always wonder how I was able to come through it, I can only attribute it to the help of the Holy Spirit. I cannot promise you that you will not be tempted in even bigger ways by fellow Christians – people who shouldn’t tempt you in the first place; but I can say that you must allow the Holy Spirit to help you get through the pain and hurt. Let me remind you of this, there are consequences for every action. So don’t think, they are getting away with it. There are consequences awaiting.
As you go about this beautiful life, you must remember that the Bible tells us in Matthew 6:34b (AMPC) “Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” Now the troubles weren’t specifically defined to come from unbelievers and other things so we must be aware that some of these troubles can come from even Christian believers we know.
Therefore, as you wake up each day, ask for the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit to overcome every form of temptation, even the ones that comes from fellow believers.
I sincerely pray that you are not quick to shame these ‘believers’ publicly but to seek a common ground with them and when such can’t be achieved leave such a one to the judgement of the one true judge – GOD.
God bless you and stay beautiful!