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.”
I’d have to work hard to misinterpret Jesus’ words; so here’s my personal take-away:
Attitude trumps action.
Don’t be self-righteous.
Acknowledge I’m a sinner in need of a Savior.