Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Congratulations indeed, BlackEagle.
Grandkids are a HUGE blessing.
You get to spoil them rotten, then when they are so spoiled they are getting on your nerves, you send them home to their parents with a smile.
When Leonardo da Vinci was painting the Last Supper, he had an intense, bitter argument with a fellow painter. Leonardo was so enraged that he decided to paint the face of his enemy into the face of Judas. That way the hated painter's face would be preserved for ages in the face of the betraying disciple. When Leonardo finished Judas, everyone easily recognized the face of the painter with whom Leonardo quarreled.
Leonardo continued to work on the painting. But as much as he tried, he could not paint the face of Christ. Something was holding him back.
Leonardo decided his hatred toward his fellow painter was the problem. So he worked through his hatred by repainting Judas' face, replacing the image of his fellow painter with another face. Only then was he able to paint Jesus' face and complete the masterpiece.
All of us are hindered in our work; we are hindered by the frailty of the flesh! If we work diligently, we can remove much of this hindrance by practicing forgiveness to others, and getting beyond our hatred of others, and in so doing we will find that our work goes much easier and accomplishes more than it did before.
I am reminded of the old Pogo cartoon strip, and the time when their own bumbling was causing so much trouble in their ranks, and Pogo said “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”
Matthew 5:23-24 (KJV);
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV);
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
May God bless each one of you this day -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.