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Friday, September 14, 2007

Mercy for Some & Woes for Others

God’s mercy and compassion descends like a dove on victims of war, disasters, hate, poverty and all who suffer injustice. Why, one may ask? God's compassion is rooted and grounded in his greatness. God is immeasurably loving and forgiving to the same great measure that he is awesomely revealed in creation. On a clear night, just look out into the starry sky and you will see how immeasurably great his compassion is toward all victims here on earth. Why? Because in his greatness he is immeasurably responsible for what he has created. He takes responsibility for what he has made by the work of his own hands. In Luke chapter 6, Jesus who is the Compassion of God states, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.” It almost sounds like an insurance policy into heaven for the poor. But what about the non-victims - the rich, the powerful and the beautifully strong?

Jesus has Woes for those that die not as victims but as unrepentant elite. Those who depart this life arrogant - failing to share their numerous gifts with the poor. They will be shown no mercy. In Luke chapter 6 Jesus warns the rich and powerful with 4 Woes.

  • "Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
  • Woe to you who are filled now, you will be hungry.
  • Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.
  • Woe to you when all speak well of you …"

Welcome to the Kingdom of God!

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