Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Say It Isn't So

A deacon phoned his pastor who was on vacation in a distant city. When he answered the call, the deacon blurted out, “Pastor, a cyclone just came through our county and destroyed my house and barn.”

“I’m not surprised,” he replied. And continued, “The punishment for sin is inevitable!”

“But Pastor,” continued the deacon, “it destroyed your house as well.”

“It did?” exclaimed the pastor. “The ways of the Lord are past human understanding.”

There are times when it is difficult to offer love and kindness to those whom we feel do not deserve it. Our responses to another person’s trials and tragedies often come from a distorted view of God’s love. We are inclined to look at what happens to others from a normal, human response and believe that “they got what they deserved.”

When we realize the kindness of God to us, and truly realize how undeserving we are, perhaps we may see things differently. If God does not hold anything good from us, should He not treat others the same?

Prayer: Lord, may we look at others the same way You do - with love, kindness, care and compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done with love.

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