rather forgive than coax

Saturday November 22nd, Matthew 25:  24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’  Luther said to sin boldly, but rejoice more boldly still. The gifts God gives you cannot be broken, but they can be misused. As a matter of fact, they are probably misused most of the time. But it is not misuse that is the problem, it is lack of use. So, love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself, in whatever way your God given talent leads you. And if you make a mistake along the way, get up, dust off your knees, laugh and continue on your way.  Making mistakes is much better than erring on the side of caution. In fact, please make mistakes, lots of them.  At least it shows you are trying.  In the kingdom, it is much better to screw up trying than to really screw up by not trying. Jesus would much rather forgive than coax.


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