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in jail …[Jacob’s children] started talking among themselves. “Now we’re paying for what we did to our brother…. Reuben broke in. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t hurt the boy’? But no, you wouldn’t listen. And now we’re paying for his murder.” — Genesis 42:17-22

[Many years later after their father died] Joseph’s brothers talked among themselves: “What if Joseph is carrying a grudge and decides to pay us back…?” — Genesis 50:14-15

Jacob’s children did a terrible thing to their brother. From then on every time something bad happened they remembered their guilt like it was yesterday. Though they were later forgiven it still haunted them.

Guilt is like that, unable to be completely ignored it’s always in the back of the mind stirring up doubt, blame, fear — even when forgiven by the person wronged it remains.

The only release is to pay for it. Only justice removes guilt.

Justice is something we don’t have but Jesus does. He paid the price for sin and guilt, though he had none, and he offers it to those who ask him for it.

“It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. …It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

–fritz.

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A Million Flies

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

While there is an “Our” aspect of following Christ and though in the Bible the word for “Saint”  is always plural, there is a personal aspect that dare not be minimized.

He is not just “Our” shepherd but “Mine” and he leads me.  It is not wrong to be confident in that; the group is not always the safest place nor always faithful. My crusty old uncle used to say, “Eat garbage, a million flies can’t be wrong!”

There comes a time to walk through things alone but never truly alone, He is there to lead, protect and comfort.

Be individually true to him with an honest faith and clear conscience even if that means not feeling truly a part of many nice groups.

– fritz@langgang.com

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“..holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” – 1st Timothy 1:19

Living is sometimes compared to guiding a boat. It could end up where you want to go or it could end up drowning everyone on board.

There are two (2) oars on life’s rowboat:

1. Faith
2. A Good Conscience

The Bible says letting go of either is a real mistake!

– fritz

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