‘Don’t lose heart’ Has anyone ever encouraged you with those words? You might have heard it when you were in the middle of a meaningful project and facing difficulties. On the road of life there are ventures that require long commitments and we are bound to have struggles..
In those struggles, our heart often suffer blows or hurts. When wounded we can retreat or attack. In either case, scars are left behind. After several blows, we may lose heart. Once we lose heart, typically we slowly or not so slowly abandon the project or endeavor that was originally meaningful to us.
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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44 NIV
Some thought he overpaid for the field. Some thought him crazy. He cared not. The joy he felt was real. Why such joy? He knew the value of the treasure – though others may not recognize it – he did. Some said what a sacrifice. The man in joy saw not the sacrifice but the value of the treasure. He rejoiced and in his jubilance shared it with others – all he could.
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A perspective from the pew
Many people have a problem understanding Luke 16:1-15, because Jesus appears to praise bad behavior. This parable, like many, deals with the subject of money. A rich man and the rich man’s manager are the primary characters. The dishonest manager or steward is accused of misusing his boss’s possessions. He hatches a scheme to forgive a great portion of his client’s debt that’s owed to his boss. He does this out of pure self-interest, hoping to establish friendships with his debtors. This way, when things go bad, he will have relationships to help cover him. When his boss discovers the scheme, he praises him for his shrewdness.
Jesus doesn’t fully explain the meaning of the parable, so we are left feeling confused like his disciples, who often came to him afterwards wanting an explanation. Fortunately, most commentators agree that the key to understanding this parable is in verses 8 and 9.
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When justice meets mercy who wins? In this world it depends. In the United States, Presidents and Governors can issue a pardon and release a guilty prisoner. This is an exception though. In most governments, for justice to be just it should be blind. In theory this is good but it often limits society’s ability to exercise mercy.
In God’s kingdom we are told that mercy triumphs…
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