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"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall," Pr. 16:18.
Once we realize full impact of it happening to us, not forgetting our beginning, we're more than willing to put ourselves in another's shoes. We're happy not to find offense (Ps 119:165) in their weakness (like we don't have any). Meekness is no longer a chore and we welcome restoring them as Jesus would've done (Ga. 6:2), as we hope someone would do for us (Mt. 7:12).
Caring more for their works than needs of their soul isn't what Apostle Paul was about (2 Co. 12:14). Reverting to legalism makes us transgressor and frustrates God (Ga. 2:18, 21).
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he also reap." So, choose to reap best (Ga. 6:8, 16) or you might be next.
God takes it very personal how we treat His children.
© by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.
In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.