“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.”
“I am capable of loving, but I am also capable of not loving. That cannot be said about God. God cannot stop loving, because love is God’s nature. It is not my nature to love. I must learn to love, and only by God’s grace am I able to love as He loves.”
James Bryan Smith
“Christianity isn’t for the little engine that can, it’s for the train-wreck that can’t”
“Many people are hanging by the very thinnest of threads. If you treat them well, without knowing you may very well be that thread.”
“…He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”
My Prayer today is for sympathy. For sympathy that falls like light from heaven, and rises like mist from earth. Matthew 5 says that God ‘causes his sun to rise on both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous’. When we call people wrong, is it because they simply sin differently to us, or because their mess is more apparent? We have all been in a mess, a mess held together by threads. Talking to my daughter about self-responsibility tonight, I felt convicted by her generous sympathy for those, in my own mind, undeserving. It caused me to reflect, does God put a limit on his love and generosity, his light and his rain? People must earn our trust, yes, but love and sympathy is often a gift to the unworthy. How can we not go to great lengths for others, when God goes to such lengths for us.