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Church Hurt Caused by People

March 18, 2024

Hey Clawson Family!



Acts 9:36-37 NLT

‭‭”When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.“



One of the reasons that church isn’t working is because of people ! A lot of us have experienced this first hand. We know what it is like to be hurt in the church by God’s people. We have been  rejected, abused, neglected, or put out. Some of us get treated the way that the believers in Jerusalem treated Saul. We are judged and not given a chance. 

If that is you, I want to give you some encouragement. God is big enough, wise enough, and sovereign enough to bring blessing and good even out of a painful season.

Here’s my prayer for you: that if you are in that painful place, God would send you a Barnabas – someone to hear you, help you, and love you in the name of Jesus. I also pray that God would help you to be a Barnabas to someone else.


In your journal today write about an experience you had with someone hurting you in church. Ask god to reveal to you what lesson you can learn from it. Allow that experience to help you be more aware so that it doesn’t happen to someone else. 


It is very likely that you have been hurt by someone in church but if you are honest with yourself you may have been the cause of someone else’s hurt. This week be intentional with your words and actions to show the love of Christ to everyone you come in contact with. 

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