Monday, 2 March 2009

Of mercy, good and evil

"I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.
"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity." Luke 6:35-37 (The Message)

I was thinking of this, reading a book about the Beatitudes which quotes Alexander Solhenitsyn: he says the the division between good and evil is not between people but can be found inside every human heart: that even the ‘best’ person has a corner of evil just as the ‘worst’ has a tiny bridgehead of good.

How, then can we pass judgement on others? We can’t.

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