HOWDY! “Gatherings”

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

Every intentional slight is intended to receive a negative response. The SIN-ister minister delights in it. The weakness in our human nature is his strength.  Twitter is the result. That is the fun of social media. We get our jollies by ‘firing back’ and the battle is on. The biggest trouble with that is that the skirmish that ensues is a resultant war we cannot win, ever! It’s all about “TRUTH”.  A Family Reunion is the perfect place to ‘rise above’.  The school Class Reunion is a perfect example of an opportunity for Victory over resentments.  I recall kinfolk and class mates that took delight in stirring the pot, don’t you?  They were the ones who seemed to be ‘self-elevated’ to a strata at most gatherings, that most folks could never reach. I had a cousin who shared my birthday, but who never could forgive me for being divorced and remarried. Another delighted in commenting just how much “You’ve out-grown my Nieman-Marcus ‘hand-me-downs’, Jimmy!” (That was an easy one since I always enjoyed his clothes)  February is a family celebration month for the Austin/Tabb clan.  My father, son, four cousins and I celebrated then.  In March and April I was blessed by  my daughters’ appearance and those blessings continue with arrival of grandchildren throughout most of the year!  It requires a heap of God’s Love to overcome past mistakes in every relationship.  You can always tell the people who make a visit there often enough to forgive and forget. Family fractures will never mend without 1 Corinthians, donchaknow.  The ‘Truth’ that Paul writes about is “JESUS”!  Human beings run on natural horsepower called ‘hardened heart’.  If we don’t fill our ‘tank’ with Mercy and Grace; if we live to get even; if we fail to do it as God would have us to do, then the joy of the moment will simply be empty clatter – a frustrated waste. If you have a gathering in the offing, plug in to the Life Source of Forgiveness and give unselfish “Warm Fuzzies” all around. Give JESUS’ TRUTH away.  Make every step you take, “HOLY GROUND”.   “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)  And that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates.    AMEN

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