Don’t Beat ‘Em Over The Head


There’s such an infinitesimal space between (1) continually and prayerfully holding someone in God’s presence, and (2) beating them over the head with my attitude, Bible, and words.


I grimaced when I reread what I wrote—but only because it’s so true.


(1) is an amazing gift of grace; both for me and the one I hold to the Lord.


And (2) is an amazing aggravation; both for me and to the unfortunate one I’ve targeted.


“Healthy people don’t need a doctor—

     sick people do.”

Then he added,

“Now go and learn the meaning

     of this Scripture:

‘I want you to show mercy,

     not offer sacrifices.’

For I have come to call

not those who think they are righteous,

but those who know they are sinners.”

Matthew 9:12-13


I’d have to work hard to misinterpret Jesus’ words; so here’s my personal take-away:


Be merciful.

Attitude trumps action.

Don’t be self-righteous.

Acknowledge I’m a sinner in need of a Savior.




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