Strain a Gnat, Swallow a Camel

Strain a Gnat, Swallow a Camel  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law; justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but … Continue reading Strain a Gnat, Swallow a Camel

Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the Merciful  Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Matthew 5:7 As with a number of the other Beatitudes, this one seems almost too trivial for serious discussion: that those who show mercy will receive mercy in return. It is another in a long series of illustrations of the law of … Continue reading Blessed are the Merciful

A Merciful God

A Merciful God  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 If there were a Golden Boy in the Bible – the high school jock blessed with athletic ability, … Continue reading A Merciful God

How Did I Miss That? Part 34: Mercy Trumps Justice

How Did I Miss That? Part 34: Mercy Trumps Justice He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 If a starving person is offered a meal or a job, … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 34: Mercy Trumps Justice