Friday, August 29, 2014

Always Come To The Source

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post that talked about how gossip can hurt.  We'd faced a situation that had been truly upsetting to our family, and I had wanted the person/people involved in spreading those rumors to know that, even though the rumors were malicious, we were praying for him/her/them and that we forgave the gossiper(s).  That post was a huge part of the healing process for the hurt that had been brought upon us.

Recently, there has been another bit of drama.  It didn't directly affect us, we thought, but it was still hurting someone that our family loves dearly, as well as indirectly hurting so many people who cared for her.  It has been brought to my attention that those contributing to the pain had tried to bring our family into the situation, claiming that we were amongst the members of the group causing the pain.

I appreciate the fact that this was brought to my attention, and that the person being hurt was smart enough to know we weren't involved.  I also appreciate that the person came to us to ask and find out herself, rather than wondering whether or not we were a part of the hurt.  This person has such a pure, honest heart that she knew the right thing to do.  She came to the source and found out the truth for herself.  

I wish others involved, namely the ones that are contributing to her pain, would come to the source themselves, rather than assuming we feel the same and telling others that we do.  No one speaks for my family except for us.  Trying to speak for us, turning situations around to make yourselves sound good, is not only wrong, it's deceitful.  

To those that are trying to involve my family, we forgive you and we are praying for you, just as we did for the person/people that hurt us previously.

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone." Romans 12:17 (NIV)

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