I got this from my youversion friend Paul Santo.
As you enter Church, passing many smiling faces, Hearing Cheerful Greetings And “God Bless You”! In the hall, Don’t forget, you only know half the story :
The man who held the door for you on your way into the Church this morning hasn’t seen his kids in three years – And it breaks his heart everyday.
Your kid’s Sunday School teacher can’t afford to buy lunch this afternoon after Church.
The woman singing sweetly in the choir goes home to a hostile, unsaved husband – and still she treats him like a king.
The usher who found your seat can’t find a job.
The Woman sharing the armrest next to you is raising her grandchildren born to her drug addicted, alcoholic daughter.
The young person who pushed past you carelessly is weighed down by guilt and has been backsliding for years, and if he doesn’t hear from God this morning – he’ll take his life tonight.
The man who stepped on your toe as he shuffled in late, slept out on the street last night and hasn’t had breakfast since Thursday.
The teenage girl wearing too much makeup and laughing too loudly had a fight with her drunken father last night – and she lost.
Pardon the single mom who seemed so tired and worn. It took all her strength to get her kids to Church this morning. But the nursery was already full and couldn’t keep her baby – so they turned around and went back home.
Excuse the man who rushed past you as he bolted for the door. He’s headed back to the hospital where he’s spent everyday for the last six months since his child’s devastating diagnosis.
The lady who turned away when you asked “How are you? ” She wasn’t being rude, she was hiding her tears – she was stunned by the slamming of the front door when her husband left home for the last time last night.
The boy who acted out in class, throwing a block that hit your child, his father threw a punch last month that landed him in jail.
Those quiet, young newlyweds laugh it off when people keep asking when they’re gonna start a family. No one knows they’ve lost two tiny babies already and doctors say their chances don’t look good. They need a miracle, they’re barely holding on to hope – and someone just took their seats.
SO WHEN YOUR IN CHURCH OR ANY WHERE FOR THAT MATTER.
” BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, AS GOD IN CHRIST FORGAVE YOU” Ephesians 4:32
http://bible.us/n/Jvrj OPEN MY EYES