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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 2, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, August 2

2 Samuel 3:27 When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gateway to speak with him privately, and there he stabbed him in the stomach. So he died for shedding the blood of Asahel, Joab’s brother.

When I honk in traffic or gossip about a friend, I feel the blade of Joab. It’s with me when my wife says something that hurts me and when my child throws food on the floor.

Not a day passes that I don’t feel it—the subtle chill of metal against my skin. Occasionally, I think I am a prophet, running with Joab’s sword of righteousness and vengeance to redeem the young black men with gunshot wounds or to defend underpaid workers in strawberry fields or to speak up when politicians belittle my transgender friends.

It is tempting to take a sword of justice into my own hands, to ensure that those who do wrong receive retribution. I am reminded of the true statement: Hurt people hurt people. So I look to Jesus to soothe my burning cheek and set my face toward the pain rather than add to it.

MOVING FORWARD: What can you do to respond to difficult moments out of love rather than vengeance?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Popondota and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | 2 Samuel 3:22-39 | Acts 16:16-24 | Mark 6:47-56

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