consuming all that is loving


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


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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