Thursday, March 17, 2016

For those who enjoy backbiting and gossiping after forgiving.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.... Matthew 5:7

  God makes it quite clear: if we want to be forgiven for our own weaknesses,
we need to be willing to forgive the weaknesses in others.
That doesn't mean just with words, but with actions and attitudes as well.
Saying, "I forgive you," is fine. But if it's followed by resentment, gossip,
backbiting, bitterness, or any of the other negative responses we so enjoy,
then those words were a lie.
  Why all this talk of mercy? Because showing mercy is one of the
hardest things for humans to do, and probably the thing we like to do least.
It's much more fun to condemn people than forgive them.
   Blessed are you, if you show mercy toward others.

If that seems too tough, just ask God to help-He's had a lot of practice.
He's been doing it for you all your life.

                                                                               -Arnold Ytreeide

Ouch! Convicting, Yes?
This was a passage we read today in the book Amon's Adventure we are going through during lent.

Just thought I'd share with you.

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