Get Off The Escalator!

love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven

Matthew 5:44-45
Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18; Psalms 103:1-4,8,10,12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48

In a satirical cartoon, a football player is being interviewed after a disappointing loss: The player says, “First, I’d like to blame the Lord for causing us to lose today.”

Isn’t it just that way for so many of us when things don’t go according to plan? We are quick to anger, quick to blame, slow to forgive, and even slower to forget.

A University professor gave his students an opportunity to evaluate his Course at the end of the semester. One student said, “I liked the Course but I feel very strongly that the professor put too much of the responsibility for learning on the students.” Now that’s funny!

The problem we have is that we like God’s Course (we wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t), but sometimes we feel strongly that God has put too much responsibility for learning on us students. That is precisely what He does. He puts a heavy burden of responsibility for learning on each individual student…

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