A visit made all the difference


Kata, left, with her sister-in-law, Karina.

Kata, left, with her sister-in-law, Karina.

Kata was the spiritual pillar of her household. The eldest of eight siblings, she came to Christ first. She prayed for each one to come to Christ. She counseled tirelessly. And then after encouraging so many others, she grew discouraged herself.

She was getting older and felt like she was losing her chances to get married. Lonely and dejected, she made a mistake.

Pregnant out of wedlock, she was basically shunned by her church and run off (not my church).

This all broke my heart. We all make mistakes. So I visited Kata. Her reception was wary. I spoke of her leadership in her family, of her past successes. I made no mention of her mistakes.

Today, Kata is back at serving Jesus. Compassion, not condemnation, is what she needed.  All I had to do was take some time out of my schedule to show her she was important to Jesus. She was valuable.

Today, it’s Kata who keeps our church and school cleaner than the National Palace. Everyone praises her. I am overjoyed.

To whom can you show mercy today?

8 responses to “A visit made all the difference

  1. I love this: to whom can you show mercy today? Amen.

    As Dale Carnegie so aptly put it, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

    I hope to remember this.

  2. It’s the truth that we all need mercy and grace. When we extend mercy, we will receive it when we need it. Mercy works so much better than condemnation!

  3. Powerful. I could give you a few examples myself!

  4. Awesome story of what love can do 🙂

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