Even the Strong can Fall

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Rome Conquered the Carthaginians: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Carthaginis Celeberrimi Sinus Typus.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-667d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Yet sometimes a large celebrated army or warrior succumbs to a smaller more capable one or, a nation directed by an especially adept leader.

Human example: The American Revolution is a good example of the “underdog” becoming victorious – perhaps this is why many Americans like stories where an “underdog’ wins. Follow the link below artwork to read why the British should have won the Revolutionary War.

Surrender of Cornwallis: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown, Va. October 19th, 1781.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-fb9c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Three Reasons the British Should Have Won the Revolutionary War (and Three Reasons the Patriots Did Win)

 

Biblical example: David and Goliath; a mere shepherd boy with a stone throwing sling defeats the giant warrior – one of the best known and loved stories from the Bible.

1 Samuel 17:49 ESV

And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

David and Goliath: Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Miniature of David and Goliath. Initials, border, placemarkers.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e4d3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

Then Some Strong Kingdoms or Empires that were not conquered from without were defeated from within.

Rome: The great empire we study in world history and still refer to many of its contributions to Western Civilization declined and, of that there is no debate. The reasons for the decline?  A cursory scan of its history lists a number of reasons (or possible reasons) and you may just assume nearly all, or most, of them together did Rome in.  I however lean heavily on the theories supporting its moral decline. The books of Daniel and Revelation have prophecies for this if you choose to read them. So when I scan the Greco-Roman architecture in many of the buildings in our land (especially in Washington, D.C.)  I sometimes wonder if the one negative factor of our society and culture is eroding our Nation from within: Increasing Immorality.

 

Old Testament Israel: Through my life I have had a positive outlook for our Nation’s future but, now in the latter years of my life my optimism is being challenged by experience, examples of humans embracing evil and the Word of God.  I now realize that if the Hebrew people who left Egypt, faced many challenges and experienced the blessings of GOD (many first hand), could fragment into different nations and turn away from GOD, what can be expected from the people of our contemporary times; we must keep our Faith without direct action by GOD on the scale and vivid nature experienced by the Hebrews?

 

Whether or not you believe The USA is vulnerable to attack, and being conquered from without or not, one thing a lesson from history has revealed to me: We, can, self-destruct.

Lessons from the rise and fall of nations (especially the Hebrews) alerts me to the importance of a morally strong culture observant of justice and law and order. In this is the secret to remaining viable and with a strong unity.  The task that establishes this foundation is the family unit. The family unit is where this strength is taught and nurtured. It seems too late to teach children respect and a working knowledge of right and wrong when parents wait until it is time for their children to attend elementary school. It seems if they do wait they leave this important task to the teachers that their children will have. The teachers by that time who must teach this foundation are most often confronted with correcting disrespect and unruly behavior in classroom environments. The energy that must be expended in correcting negative behavior diminishes the real task teachers have: teaching language skills, math and subjects useful to individuals who must contribute in a positive way to our society.

 

The minimum requirements for a good member of our society? Civil, law abiding, responsible and capable of holding a job and raising a family.

 

 

ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE

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Caring for One Another

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Despite so much evidence that some humans seem to be evil, enough people care about other people and do good in many ways.

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It seems to me that evil is ever present as the news heaotheresdlines indicate;  yet the people of the world have somehow managed to do more than survive. When a disaster hits sure some opportunistic thieves steal from victims and pillage or worse, affecting their fellow humans negatively by making a bad situation even more traumatic but, most do not.

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Many people provide assistance in many forms: medical attention, search and rescue, clean water, food, shelter and often financial aid for rebuilding.  Why do people care about strangers, foreigners, or people in a different culture halfway around the world?

San Francisco Disaster – The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Serving out Army supplies to unending bread line of refugees at Ft. Mason, San Francisco disaster.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-603e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Disaster – The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “West end Main St., showing Merchant’s Hotel.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-a393-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

As a Christian I believe it is because we are taught to do so by reading and learning from GOD’s Word.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Philippians 2:4 ESV

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

NYC Fire – Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. “Fire and firemen – [Lower Broadway fire.]” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-98f2-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
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So, by considering the needs of others we become obedient servants for GOD demonstrating GOD’s love for people to all the world.

No we do not earn Earthly points or work our way to heaven; as followers of Jesus we already have eternal salvation.

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When we care for others we show GOD’s love to those who do not know of, or about, the one true GOD. Our actions may even cause another human to turn away from selfishness, hedonism and a godless existence and they may even accept GOD’s grace by believing in Jesus Christ and become a fellow believer.  If that were to happen you can join in with the heavenly host and joyfully celebrate.

Luke 15:7 and 10 ESV

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

. . .

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Titus 3:5 ESV

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

 

Becoming a Christian is easy and simple

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

ESV = English Standard Version Bible.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
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People celebrate the beginning of a new year and an opportunity to make adjustments in ones self: a habit, weight, procrastination and many more issues we challenge our self to change for the better.

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One issue we often postpone? Our spiritual condition and how, and whether, we will face eternity. The Holy Bible has a simple solution:

 

 

John 3:16 ESV 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE RESTART

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come

Voices of the Prophets

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The Bible is the Complete Word of GOD

 

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Nothing can be added nor taken away.  Still, there are prophets today. No not like Elijah, Moses  or John the Baptist; people that know The Word of GOD well, teach it, explain it and live by its precepts. These are the modern day prophets who remind us about GOD and GOD’s standards for all people.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

You may be one of GOD’s Prophets

Acts 2:17 ESV

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;   . . .”

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Any One – image from pixabay.com
Anyone can be transformed to be able to speak GOD’s truth

GOD can use: the least among us; the seemingly unworthy; the poor; the physically feeble.  One more point: All are sinners in GOD’s eyes, so yes, even sinners can speak the truth of GOD.

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Could You Be One Who GOD Calls?

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

There are Mysteries in the Church

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. …

 

Finally, a warning . . .

Matthew 7:15 ESV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

She Gave All

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Giving can be a misleading activity

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Mr. Smith gave $1,000,000 to a charity that helps victims of catastrophes: His action enjoyed much attention and a chorus of praises from a host of prominent people. Mr Smith also got a nice deduction on his tax return and was placed in a lower tax bracket.

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Mrs. Jones hesitated outside s a supermarket right after getting some needed food  . . . she looked at the Salvation Army bucket . . . then she took the 93 cents from her purse and put it all in: it was all she had and except for a thank you and a Merry Christmas from the faux Santa no one noticed.  She gave all she had and only got a good feeling in return.

Mark 12:41-44 ESV 

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

How you give and how you help others reveals your heart.
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2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Love Beyond Lust

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True love goes way beyond lust or pleasant feelings

Pleasant feelings and physical attraction may initiate a relationship between a man and a woman but true love is much more than this. Selfless caring for one another, spiritual growth as a couple and a commitment to limit sexual activity exclusively to each other.  From initial infatuation to a deep understanding of one another is accomplished through keeping the stated promise to be true and loyal to one another.

You ask , “The Bible teaches that no one is without sin; what happens when one or both fall short?”
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The Bible also explains this:

1 Peter 4:8

English Standard Version
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

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To me  . . . “love covers a multitude of sins.” means love overrides our own personal (often selfish) preferences and agendas.  Imperfections exist in every one; I have not seen proof of any kind that there exists (or has exited) a perfect human being.  No me, not you not your spouse . . . or even your parents or children.  Love gives us the ability to accept imperfection for what it is.  Of course manifestations of evil or behaviors intended to do harm must be considered more than imperfection if it becomes a threat to life and limb.  This includes deliberate metal cruelty beyond an occasional loss of temper or action done in ignorance.  Love therefore can be a life changing influence also.  The family unit is the building block of nations and love insures a positive outcome.

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 But where does love come from?

1 John 4:19 ESV 

We love because he first loved us.

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

GOD taught us how to love and when we build family units with this spirit of love we build strong nations and demonstrate the good GOD wants for all people.

Love between husbands and wives is the glue that holds the family unit together and helps chart a course through life.

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Marriage described in the Bible is an ancient covenant between a Man and a Woman for the purpose of having and raising children thus sustaining human life.  The quality of life and the result of people procreated and nurtured in this way promotes health mentally well-balanced contributing citizens of Earth.  The “good” we see in the world is sustained in this way when humans are diligent to follow the instruction revealed by GOD within The Holy Bible.  The formula is easy to understand and the goals are not difficult to achieve.  However, since the introduction of sin into the World we must work hard not to fall into temptation and yield to evil of any sort subverting the benefits of marriage .  Christians can rely on GOD helping to deliver the positive result from Christian marriage and procreation by, studying GOD’s Word and applying it to their life and the fabric of the family.

Husbands:

Ephesians 5:25 ESV

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, . . .

 Wives:

Titus 2:4-5 ESV

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, . . .

 

 

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Do you Have the Right to Offend?

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Is your right to offend more important than your right not to be offended?  Which right promotes love best?

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From Pixabay.com

In our good old United States of America we hear the saying, “By rights I can do this” or ” To do ______ (fill in the blank) it is my right.”  Sometimes I think too many people think almost anything is their right to do, have or say; can that really be true?  The “Bill of Rights” (first ten amendments to our constitution) are the real foundation of our rights by law and of course and subsequently approved amendments or related laws passed and tested by our true and bonafide government.  This article is focused on the Fourth Article in particularThe Freedom of Speech, and of the Press . . . . .

You may have the right to say it or print it, but should you?

Scandal Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Argentina" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 29, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8e1ec306-722f-facb-e040-e00a180678ae
Scandal
Music Division, The New York Public Library. “Argentina” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 29, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8e1ec306-722f-facb-e040-e00a180678ae

Truth is important.  If a crime has been committed we need to know exactly what has happened

Slapping the Mouth for Telling Lies The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Slapping the mouth for telling lies." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 29, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-c58a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Slapping the Mouth for Telling Lies
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Slapping the mouth for telling lies.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 29, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-c58a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

in order to capture and bring to justice the perpetrator or perpetrators.  Lies published widely or pronounced as truth in an open forum can be deemed damaging and the people who spread the disinformation can be subject to a libel suit.  My focus today is on speech and publication that falls into a huge grey area: short of libel and what is not prohibited by any law.    Yet as a Nation founded on Christian principles from which we have learned, we should do things with the spirit of love: is this not the higher standard?  Need something be said that inflicts verbal harm with nothing to demonstrate the utterance has a redeeming quality (or the result does not demonstrate a redeeming quality)?  Is it not true that some emotionally sensitive truth can be stated with respect and care and, not intentionally said to inflict emotional harm?

The better way to achieve communication without deliberate intent to offend  is when it is said with civility and in the spirit of Christian Love.

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For me and my Brothers and Sisters in Christ we strive to be obedient to the guidelines we discover in The Holy Bible.  In studying  scripture we learn the power of the words spoken by a human tongue that can destroy a person, risk creating hatred and disrupt harmony among all the people involved.  Below you will find some of the references from The Holy Bible that warn about falsehood and teach, or encourage, the use of loving speech (and by logical extension, this includes the printed word as well).  It sometimes seems that in these times Christians must take care not to offend some people in our society yet, some people seem to have free rein to offend Christians. Thanks.

Selected Biblical Excerpts*:

      1. James 3:8 ESV

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

      1. Proverbs 29:11 ESV

      2. A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

      3. Romans 12:18 ESV

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

      1. 2 Peter 3:3 ESVfree reign

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

      1. James 1:26 ESV

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

      1. Proverbs 18:21 ESV

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

      1. James 3:9-10 ESVdays it seem

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness Options: A.  Superficial; B. Conditional; C. Unconditional

Love Forgives Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division, The New York Public Library. "Couple Embracing" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/840ba8f0-d56d-0131-09f9-58d385a7bbd0
Love Forgives
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division, The New York Public Library. “Couple Embracing” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/840ba8f0-d56d-0131-09f9-58d385a7bbd0

Why do I believe human life on Earth cannot survive without forgiveness?

Song Sheet Music Division, The New York Public Library. "I can forgive but not forget" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-fc90-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Song Sheet
Music Division, The New York Public Library. “I can forgive but not forget” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-fc90-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Peace is a Happy Time Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Descent of Madame Saqui, surrounded by fireworks" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/97264390-da39-0132-d425-58d385a7b928
Peace is a Happy Time
Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Descent of Madame Saqui, surrounded by fireworks” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/97264390-da39-0132-d425-58d385a7b928

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone can forgive someone who they are in a relationship with, they admire or agree with; it is much harder to forgive a stranger, one you disagree with or your enemy.  The awkwardness within our milieu is due to a fundamental misunderstanding exacerbated by the emotionally charged word “Love” in the English language.  Languages such as Greek have several words depicting love in various forms: emotional, erotic, friendship . . .   Yet like love, forgiveness offers and expresses many different things.

To forgive need not involve your emotions.

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Mt Fuji
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Fuji from Kawaibashi.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c260bdb3-9b64-4552-e040-e00a18066d81

It feels wonderful to forgive and be forgiven within a relationship such as a marriage.  Yet the human race can overcome some of the most tragic and horrific episodes of human history by choosing to forgive and act on it even when we do not feel like we want to.  When enemies chose to forgive and not inflict acts of vengeance on a vanquished foe, though ill feelings still linger, they assume the higher moral ground, discover their hate subsides and all the people effected by the recent conflict recover faster and better.

No greater example of this can be found then the relationships The United States of America embraced after World War II.

German Leaders The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern verlässt Schloss La Vallee, um sich an die Front zu begeben." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-0168-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
German Leaders
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern verlässt Schloss La Vallee, um sich an die Front zu begeben.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-0168-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The USA assisted Germany and Japan – former enemies – recover as well as innocent and allied nations.  The post WWII world experienced a remarkable trend toward peace (not a perfect peace though) when within the global family of nations Germany and Japan became productive positive entities.  This was not the way losers of previous wars were treated nor did they expect this altruistic treatment. Where does this concept originate?

x Peace Symbolic The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Allegory of Peace" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/900c6600-0c9b-0133-c04d-58d385a7bbd0
x Peace Symbolic
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Allegory of Peace” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/900c6600-0c9b-0133-c04d-58d385a7bbd0

God bestowed upon humanity instructions that when followed yield the best outcome for more people for a longer period of time.

A Better Life can be Found Here (C) James Halifko
A Better Life can be Found Here (C) James Halifko

As a Christian I discovered that within the Holy Bible prescriptions are furnished as well as proscriptions for humans to live by.  One of the greatest lessons became obvious to me after living a while and observing life: Emotions are fleeting and decisions made under their spell often calamitous. As the old cliché reflects, “Cooler heads prevailed . . .”. Not to imply pure emotionless logic is the route I promote but rather, act when one has gained control of his or her emotions and clear thinking dominates so one can recognize the best decision for the situation at hand.  Forgiveness leads to better things but one can only see this when emotions are held at bay and reason prevails.

Christians gained this insight fro the Holy Bible; excerpts follow:

 Ephesians 4:32 English Standard Version (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Proverbs 10:12 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.

Matthew 6:12English Standard Version (ESV)

12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 18:21-22English Standard Version (ESV)

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

John 13:34English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

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