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Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)
TITLE: Human Foibles
By Terry Weber
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I am sure God has many lessons He is trying to teach me, because I am no better than the folks to whom He has sent me. As a nurse with 25 years of experience and a church worker with 11 years of experience, I have worked with people for a long time. I have always reminded myself that even the rudest and most cantankerous people are people that Jesus gave his life for. So you gotta love 'em!
I recall reading a book by a Christian author who said something about "the least of these" which has always stuck in my mind. He says we don't really love God anymore than we love the person that we love the least. So despite the frustration of it all - I have to laugh and take it in stride, like a parent with unruly kids. You wish they would act differently, but you still love them.
The important thing to remember when working in the Kingdom of God is LOVE. Love covers a multitude of sins. Because we are all guilty of selfishness; that is our sinful human nature. But Christ's love covers that, forgives that, and enables us to reflect his patience and compassion.
So I will continue to be intrigued by human foibles, even those found in the Kingdom of God. And I will pray that Godís love and grace will cover us and our human frailties, so that we may witness to the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thatís how our King has chosen to grow his marvelous Kingdom, through imperfect people like you and me.
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