Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lessons Learned...#4

Both I and "Grace and Glory" have learned so much through this journey to the High Places.

Here is the next lesson:

"The fourth thing," said she with a RADIANT face, "was really the first I learned up here. Every circumstance in life, no matter how crooked and distorted and ugly it appears to be, if it is reacted to with love and forgiveness and obedience to Your will can be transformed. Therefore I begin to think, My Lord, you purposely allow us to be brought into contact with the bad and evil things you want changed. Perhaps that is the very reason we are here in this world, where sin and sorrow and suffering and evil abound, so that we may let you teach us so to react to them, that out of them we can create lovely qualities to live forever. That is the only really satisfactory way of dealing with evil, not simply binding it so that it cannot work harm, but whenever possible overcoming it with good."

Romans 12:19-21
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

If we have the mind of Christ, we can accomplish this. Keeping our thoughts focused on the cross and what Christ accomplished for us.


sarahdodson said...

very good and relevant!

Sandpiper said...

This is just what I needed to read today! Thanks!