consuming all that is loving

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Look at my fists-clenched tight!
I have been stewing all day over her conversation.
I rehash the words and what I wish I had said.
And now I have caught myself in a fit of revenge.
I have been scheming all day, haven’t I?
Am I so easily bruised and so doggedly proud
    that I cannot turn the other cheek?
Have I spent one moment putting the best construction
    on her acts,
looking for a reason for her behavior?
“Vengeance is mine,” says the Lord.
I had better let you take over this revenge for me, Lord,
because it is consuming all that is loving in me.
Forgive me.

Judith Mattison, American Lutheran Minister and Author

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Therefore each of you must put off falsehood
and speak truthfully to your neighbor,
for we are all members of one body.
“In your anger do not sin”:
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry

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