..and I'm thinkin' of Christian husbands some, who get fully rejected and basically excluded (not me..) due to a hypocritical partner's religiously justified (yes erroneously).. embraced-lie of "My spouse is mentally ill" along with an underlying but blatant root of bitterness that constantly pains deeply n torments thoroughly.. or something like that...
.. that self, and friends, and independence, and money, and no amount of personal busyness can comfort or get expelled and that no church affiliation anywhere will erase, or extinguish, or cover. But you know that God can certainly reward both sides equitably / accordingly, and can comfort and deliver and can certainly weed-out any such root when asked.
Also thinkin' of all the tears I've seen shed by believing parents whose kids outright slander, ditch, neglect and mock them.. perhaps due to the same root.. or something like that.. and who reject and literally longterm-replace their parents with fawning strange enabler-friends and worldly lovers for no good reason. But you know that God can certainly reward both sides equitably / accordingly, and can comfort and deliver and can certainly weed-out any such root when asked.
As the perfect parent.... He waits and teaches patiently when allowed to teach.. for each of us. He did and does for me.
Musin' over current fathers and parent-friends of mine locally (imperfect like me).. more than one set.. who have had the same type of thing happen to them.. or something like that.. due to a loved one's serious chemical abuse. Got a call regarding this last night. Heart-breaking story. Tears. Gulping and more tears.
Year after year they wait and pray and wait for that son or daughter to come to their senses a bit... and hope and try to compensate or fill-in somehow for perhaps a hurting little, innocent, abandoned grandchild who doesn't know why the most important person in their life who said they really loved.. totally bailed-out minus any explanation.
Some parents I know have had to slaughter the fattened calf multiple times and are there waiting again year after year. And I just wish I could hug and somehow encourage them with God's Word.
Feeling so very grateful here.. as I hunt and peck with scared index finger.. for a tender-hearted believing wife who has always been above reproach and above hurting, pettiness, abuse and self-seeking. These days good-example-parents are gettin' harder to find it seems.
But if this in any way kinda describes you (above) , just know that Christ understands, will indeed reward and can help.
"Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, 'God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours... God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.'" http://bible.us/116/LUK6.20.NLT