Thursday, May 31, 2018

Unmerciful Much?

"There but for the grace of God go I."   ... copied


So this Roseanne thing, right?

Not gonna go into detail here. Nope. Yet I'll admit Tuesday evening after hearing the Roseanne show was cancelled, we hurried to our On Demand and watched the only episode we'd missed, lest it be ripped outta there by Wednesday.

Tom and I enjoyed the new season. So there. I can confess that, being in my older, braver, sassier years.  😉 We liked how they addressed Today's issues, especially the getting older ones.

Now, please remember this is a blog post, not a book, ok? 

Here's how I feel:

"In the last days, people will be .... unkind and merciless... they will have no self-control or pity."  ... 2 Timothy 3:3

You might not get this, but it's the mercilessness of the rabid, unforgiving, we'd-never-say-that! masses that makes me mad.

Yes, seriously. 

Because always, when folks start screaming about what other people said, this verse flashes like neon inside my brain--- 

"We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check."   ... James 3:2

Oh my. It's the pride of it all. The pride which smirks, "I would never say that awful thing. Never!"

But have you, have we, ever spoken something else, anything else, which we, later, deeply regretted?

Then we, too, have sinned. Exposed a wrong-heart defect. Blown it in God's eyes.

These times? These instances? May they humble us. May they remind us that we, oh dear! We stumble in our words in many ways, we're miles from perfect and we cannot keep our whole body in check.

And that there, but for the grace of God, go I.

God sent Jesus to this dreadful world so it could love Him, act like Him and apart from Jesus? We can do nothing right. None of us. Even with Him, good gracious! We still royally mess up sometimes.

May that keep our heads low, as in prayerful. And for heaven's sake, quiet when really, God's saying, "Hush. Can't you take a moment to learn rather than speak? To forgive rather than pat yourself on the back?"

Can we still forgive in these last days? I hope so. God still does. 

And may we long to see everyone wake up to such amazing love waiting for every weary, aching, outstretched arm.


One of the 7 things listed in Proverbs 6 which God hates? 

A proud look.


Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.

It's ludicrous to expect non-Christians to act like they're saved. Absurd, really.


Pride is pervasive. It's scary how it snakes around within us believing itself to be invisible, but oh, it shows. It shows.



Betsy said...

Amen, Amen and Amen! I can think of nothing to add, so I’ll stay silent.

Pam said...

Amen, Debra!

Debra said...

Thank-you Betsy and Pam for reading and commenting here so faithfully! I really appreciate it (even if it does take me forever to comment back!). Blessings, Debra

Terra said...

Great post and I agree. We do best when we are less quick to condemn and more quick to forgive as the Bible tells us.