An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mercy Stirred

I am home taking a sick day.  It is the kind of thing that effects my ability to talk, not to think so I am using the time for a little more worship and study than I normally can enjoy.  The silver lining strikes again.

As I was reading in Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison I came across the following,
“When Jesus blessed sinners, they were real sinners, but Jesus did not make every man a sinner first....  Never did Jesus throw any doubt on a man’s health, vigour (sic) or fortune, regarded in themselves, or look upon them as evil fruits.  Else why did he heal the sick and restore strength to the weak?”  pp. 209-210
This got me to again think about my lack of mercy and reminded me that I need to grow in that area.  Too often I look at the choices people have made that brought on their difficulty and have a reluctance to help.  If Jesus had only healed those who were innocent of wrong doing would anyone have been restored? 

So?  God teach me to look more to mercy and less to judgment.  The congestion I am experiencing is in more than my throat and chest.

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