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verse 11: “”A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Throughout my working life, I have worked for a variety of bosses. There was one executive whose temper was legendary; what was worse is that you didn’t know what kind of reaction you would get if you were to give him bad news. It all depended on the time of day and the mood he was in. Thankfully, I never had to directly deal with this boss. There are 3 bosses who come to memory and they all share the trait of this verse: they were slow to anger and ready to forgive. I’m not saying they didn’t let me know if I messed up; they did. But they treated me like an adult and they were very helpful in training me. One senior manager who has been a God-send in my working life once told me (while I was stressing on a difficult project) that I was my own worst critic…that I should do my best and not sweat the rest. It is people like them who inspire loyalty and motivation in their subordinates.

Make no mistake, God does get angry; He hates sin. But He is ready to forgive if we’ll just turn to Him. He also offers that second chance that we know through His Son, Jesus. It was His sacrifice on the cross that paid our debt; all we have to do is accept His gift.

Have a blessed day!

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verses 5-6: “(Love) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;”

I had written a reference in my Bible to Luke 6:35-36 and 2 Samuel 9 (I think it’s 9, I must confess that I need to sharpen my pencil that I keep in my Bible!). I wrote these in hearing a sermon preached on this passage (and if I’m not mistaken, I believe it was our own pastor…I want to give credit to my fellow servant).  Please read both these passages.

The account in 2 Samuel 9 is that of King David showing kindness to Jonathan’s crippled son, Mephibosheth, when David inquired about any living relatives of Saul’s household. The Bible footnote here states that this is a display of covenant loyalty (the covenant that David and Jonathan had made with each other), and that it is a beautiful display of grace. David wished to show this kindness for Jonathan’s sake, to honor his dear friend; I marvel that it was
Mephibosheth, who truly needed that grace, since he was crippled and lame in both feet.

The parallel is drawn to Jesus’s own words from the Sermon on the Mount in Luke 6:35-36: “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

We are the ones who truly need that grace; we are the ungrateful and evil ones to whom God is kind. Remember, we are sinners saved by grace. And we need to be imitators of Christ in this, too.

Something to think about.

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