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LittleBeeBefore meeting Christ, Saul (who later became the Apostle Paul) “breathed” anger and murder against Christ’s early followers.

When he had his own encounter Jesus told him an interesting fact still true today.

“I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” – Jesus (Acts 9:5b)

The word translated, “pricks”, literally means a “stinger” — like on a bee or scorpion.

Abusing Christ’s followers is seen by God as personal assault against himself and the one really getting hurt is the abuser.

fritz

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Fr. Desmond Gooneskera

“Bitterness is the poison you drink thinking it will kill your enemy.”

— Rev. Desmond Gooneskera – Sunday Sermon, St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church 08/12/12

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The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’ His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand.”
— Luke 15:29-31 (Message Bible)

Children have a keen sense of fairness. What parent of more than one child hasn’t heard “You’re not being fair!”

Jesus tells the famous parable of “The Prodigal Son” — a young man who rejected his family, took his inheritance early, and went to live the “good life!”. Life happened and it wasn’t good, he realized the real “good life” was back home. To his and his brother’s surprise the father not only took him back but fully restored him to the family giving the ring, robe, and shoes.

It didn’t seem fair to either. Neither child understood the most important factor of true fairness — LOVE. Learning selfless LOVE enables receiving undeserved forgiveness AND it enables rejoicing, without keeping score, when others receive.

Sound bite: “Love is the missing factor of human fairness.”
Prayer: “Jesus, put the love of God in both my heart and mind so I can understand your actions, forgiveness, and grace. Amen”

— fritz@langgang.com

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Quenching Bitterness

Joseph said … Don’t be afraid … You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish … the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:19b-20

Actions from others turn sweet kind youth into cynical bitter revengeful, old before their time, people.

There is a way to avoid that – Joseph, in the Old Testament, did it by employing three (3) life principles:

  1. Living in the fear of God;
  2. Recognizing God used even the very wrong and painful deeds of others to work a blessing;
  3. Choosing to live for God’s purposes instead of one’s own

– fritz

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