Monday, May 11, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 May 2020

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26)

Today’s Morsel:  If you have ever noticed when most people are arguing with each other, neither of them seems to want to say that they are sorry so that they can bring it to an end.  They are both talking so fast and crazy that they often say something they haven’t even thought through yet.  Each one seems to want to get the last word in as if it means they have won.  But the best way to get the last word in is to apologize.  Jesus said, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.(Matthew 5:23-25)  I think the apostle Paul said it best when he said, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26)   If you do get angry with anyone, see that you get it out of you as quickly as possible.  Paul said that we should not even go to sleep with any unkind or unbrotherly feelings.  Anger may produce malice and revenge.  No evil temper of this kind can exist with a peaceful conscience and the approval of God’s Spirit in the soul.

Sing:  Peace, Peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above.  Sweep over my spirit forever I pray; In fathomless billows of love.

Thought For Today: The best way to get the last word in is to apologize.

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