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Thursday, May 16, 2013


Love and all its disciplines and manifestations can be significant irritants to those inordinately self-determined and self-willed. To them life is a zero-sum game. Mutuality from this point of view is only cynical accommodation and kindness a similar ploy. Such a mindset is antithetical to God's purpose of love and peace. Disdain thereby is shown for God's word. Do I honor God's word?--sometimes. Sometimes the reptilian legacy of the mind reacts with and expresses domination and power instincts. It is such times that I remember hymns of faith, such as “Sweet Hour of Prayer” in attempts to set aside anger and a bent for retaliation. (Blog of 3/8/13 - Disdain or Kindness?)

“Unless I can be instructed and convinced with evidence from the Holy Scriptures or with open, clear and distinct grounds and reasoning—and my conscience is captive to the Word of. God—then I cannot and will not recant, because it is neither safe nor wise to act against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God.” - Martin Luther

Prayer from today’s mediation: Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, p.136:

O God, keep me from the arrogance of considering myself superior to others. Help me look my sin square in the face, give me an insatiable desire to do your will, and grant me the strength to follow through on my commitments. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

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