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Saturday, March 14, 2015

No one is name calling.

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

When people write a letter or amends or peacemaking it is to cleanse the situation.  It's not to provoke more anger, more distrustfulness, hatred and suspicion.  A person who cannot love, cannot receive peace.  They cannot accept things given in good faith and can only interpret truthfulness with their measure in anger.  
I said what I had to say --it was not hurtful or spiteful.  It was redressing a problem from 1 year ago.  I don't need to prolong the suffering.  I made my peace offering.  He can accept or reject it.  
E. is loyal to no one, not even the person who pays his rent.

He is just an angry person.  That is why he has to remain immature.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."  Baptist Beacon

Just another memory........not significant or insignificant.....benign.

I John 2:9-11 we are told that:

"The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.  The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes."

I know I have grown this year because I did not become angry.  My purpose to write the letter was to make peace.  I knew the reaction would be negative no matter how I constructed the words.

It's always the same
someone to blame
the devolving game
of putting someone to shame
To live free in this life
to have friends with no strife
to know right from contrite
to be wronged
then out of sight.

(to be continued)

jdh 3/14/15

Billy Brooke
Chris Johnson
Jane Hoffman
Jon Yoder
Marguerite Harris.
Mr. Sewell
And all the other Christians you lied to......

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