Sunday, April 26, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
by Joanne Sharpe
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Honestly, I would like to say I would respond like Jacob, rather like Jesus, and leave revenge to God. I hope in most situations, I would trust God's justice to prevail. However, if someone molests my niece, he'd better hope the police jail him before I get my hands on him... and if you hurt my cat or dog, I will not be sitting back, waiting to see God's wrath.
Thankfully, He only gives us what we can handle. He knows I would lose it in certain situations, so I believe He protects me from such circumstances. I also believe His mercy allows us to feel compassion for those who encounter similar problems. As it says in 1 Corinthians 1:4, Jesus comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Despite our sincerest intentions, we are far from perfect... thankfully, God is perfect.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
It is dangerous to judge one incident without considering external factors, such as history, culture, setting, and laws. Genesis 34 provides the perfect example. While writing lessons learned from God's Word, this chapter is one I keep flagging to 'come back and edit' since I can't wrap my head around 'the whole picture'.
Here are the facts of Genesis 34:
Jacob's daughter, Dinah, was raped by Shechem. When Jacob found out, he remained calm. But when Dinah's brothers, Simeon and Levi were told, they not only went after the man who raped their sister, they attacked his people as well!
Jacob had a fit because his family name had been tarnished. The brothers reacted out of love for their sister.
Again, I am having difficulty knowing where to go from here. Maybe words will come to me after I get a second cup of coffee... I can't get past Jacob's reaction, or lack of. His daughter was raped and he was worried about his family name?! What about his daughter?!
Today I will give the right answer, the "we need to be like Jesus" answer. Bottom line as Christians... God wants us to leave room for His wrath, let Him take care of those who hurt you.
Romans 12:19 says, "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."
Can you imagine how chaotic this a world would be if every person took the law into their own hands? Acted without knowing the bigger picture? Responded without regard to the infinite details involved with each side of the story?
God is All Knowing! God is merciful! God is Just. He can also help you with your anger, bitterness, and dare I include, hatred!
I admit, the sinful part of me has a much different answer. To be continued...
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Joined Amazon's Kindle program to "RE"Kindle my love for reading and help with my writing craft.
Chosen because it was a free promoted early release book. I never read fiction, much less mysteries. Thus book reminds me why.
Too many details. Felt like I was following a pinball bounce all over. The plot was Shonda Rhimes-like, but too many extraneous factors fighting for attention.
I enjoyed escaping into fiction, though. And look forward to reading a wider variety of books. Hopefully, they won't be as multifaceted as "Younger".