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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Thought Is Father of the Deed

How will you claim your innocence before God when your "day in court" comes? Of what sins will you quickly claim yourself innocent? What sins (of omission or commission) will you, more than likely, not want to bring up? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 728).

Jesus made it clear that since the thought is father of the deed, no one is justifiably self-righteous.  This is so for human thought at will free-ranges over the entire frontier of iniquity. Since this is so, no one can claim righteous superiority.  So if we should sit down even with our enemy (one who, it is certain, has treated us unjustly and unfairly), we must realize that we too have been unjust and unfair in thought or action (omission or commission) many, many times (and in many ways as much or more egregious than the sins we are certain we see in others). We too have internal and intimate knowledge of stone chiseled hearts.  So when we sit down with an enemy to negotiate, we need appreciate our common infractions against the best within us.

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