Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Written by Joyce C. Lock

Hebrews 10: 8-29

We have heard it said, "I don't smoke, curse, or chew; or run around with women who do." Will somebody please give them a cookie ... to shut them up? Isn't that a bit like gloating, "I'm saved and you're not"? I mean, really. Who is he that condemneth? (Romans 8:34) If you didn't die onrepparttar cross, you don't haverepparttar 132409 right to condemn anyone.

Or, maybe what they meant was, "Your sin is worse than mine, so that makes me more righteous than you." But, that isn't true, either, as all unrighteousness is sin. (I John 5:17)

Perhaps they would like to rephrase their statement to, "Those, who do so, couldn't possibly be saved." Though, I guess they weren't listening when God said He doesn't judgerepparttar 132410 outward appearance, but looks for their true heart. (I Samuel 16:7)

The next response might be, "Well, if they were following God, completely, He would remove those demons." Oh, really. Isn't that a bit like callingrepparttar 132411 kettle black? How is your back doing? Did your car breakdown, this week? Maybe your boss is being particularly difficult. And, oh, those teenagers!

If one had a pure heart for God, wouldn't they love His children, too? (Jude 1:21-23)

As is often discretely expressed, "Well, they're certainly not going to serve God, in our church, until they get things right." But I wonder, did anyone ask God about that? (Romans 11:29)

Jesus described these as sick (Matthew 9:11-13) and said that befriending them is wisdom; for which these would justify that wisdom. (Matthew 11:19) Well, there goesrepparttar 132412 theory that alcoholics are not sick. Suppose we were to separate from diabetics, too.

We welcome people, into our congregation, with physical infirmities. But, let one spiritually handicapped come into our presence and, at best, we allow them to sit in a pew; separating from them inrepparttar 132413 true fellowship that would otherwise come through serving together, leaving them onrepparttar 132414 outside looking in. (I John 1:7)

When we shutrepparttar 132415 door on those that are spiritually blind, lame, or sick, do we not realize that is evil? (Malachi 1:8)

Perhaps we also forgot that those we deem more feeble really are necessary (I Corinthians 12:22) and that, in God's house, all who have a heart to serve are welcomed. (Isaiah 56:7) Jesus tells us that mercy is desired more than our sacrifice and to go learn what that means. (Matthew 9:13)

But, here, Jesus goes a step further by saying, "If ye had known what this meaneth ... ye would not have condemnedrepparttar 132416 guiltless." (Matthew 12:7)

There's that condemnation thing, again. Now, wait a minute. Jesus was referring to Himself, wasn't He? Well, probably, but not just Him. Think about it. If you had learned what mercy meant, you would not be condemning others ~ period.

Ok, butrepparttar 132417 guiltless part ... guiltless? Now, how can sinners be guiltless? From God's perspective, that's an easy one to answer.

First, He already told us that man looks uponrepparttar 132418 outward appearance. So, when we do, our judging has to be in error.

Secondly, whenever we try to name another's sin, we are only condemning ourselves. (Romans 2:1)

And thirdly, Jesus left a provision for such as these.

Job Or Lifeworks?

Written by Judi Singleton

Job or life work "Your employer may dictate every aspect of your work life, but no

matter what kind of job you do, you arerepparttar boss of your inner life."

We spendrepparttar 132406 largest portions of our lives at work or sleeping. So more and more people are demanding that there is no division between who they are at home and at work. No longer can people say I go to this

job to earn a living and I come home and I am a spiritual being. Bringingrepparttar 132407 Higher Power into ordinary life is more important than it

ever has been. People can no longer divide themselves up and say I am

this here and that there. Let us look for a moment at job addiction. Matthew Fox has recently

written a fine book on work, The Reinvention of Work. He indicates that

the difference between work and job addiction revolves around whether

the burdens that accompany our work are greater or lesser thanrepparttar 132408 joy

that results from it. Fox then specifies three soul qualities that

comprise joy in work; delight, creativity, and transformation. Job

addiction lacks these three qualities.

Since work is such an important element of our lives that means that we

are supposed to find joy in our work as well. A business that is

operated in awareness of universal principles is first acknowledgesrepparttar 132409

inseparability ofrepparttar 132410 cosmic andrepparttar 132411 material aspects of life. It

integratesrepparttar 132412 two. It is cognizant ofrepparttar 132413 truth that there is no

scarcity and thus no need for cut throat competition. It seesrepparttar 132414 value

in cooperation over competition. Ask yourself some questions: What in your life brings you joy? Do you like to work alone or with others? What kind of rewards do you need to feel your work is well done? Will a change of attitude about work changerepparttar 132415 way you feel about your work? Will it take a change of work entirely to bring you joy? When you find answers to some of these questions within you will be in

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