Hoarders and Tramplers
Week 6 ” Holy Wild”
Back in the early days of my husband’s career, he had befriended this man who later became his study partner. They had spent many hours together in the library, supported each other during the grueling exams and finally celebrated when they got their licenses. Unfortunately after that point they started to pull apart as they could no longer agree with each other on some important issues. For this man, in his haste to be successful, had taken some short cuts, made a few compromises which were considered both unethical and unprofessional. Consequently he received a severe and public warning from the institute they both belonged to. Instead of feeling remorseful, I remember the day when he had declared to the both of us that for him to achieve his goals in life, certain trade-offs were necessary. He was going to give up his license in exchange for quick steps to success. One day, he said, he would write a nice letter of apology, and the institute will more than happy to reinstate him.
This case, in my mind is an example of how mercy has been abused.
So what happened to this man?
The last I heard is he is not doing well at all in his career nor at home. The worst thing is he had fallen away from God the moment he gave up his license.
God is merciful that I know, but He is not someone we can manipulate.
When we compromise, we lose our identity and our values, it is like walking in sinking mud, the further you walk, the deeper you get and unable to pull yourself out of the dire situation and eventually will go under.
Just thinking about this man and his choices made me very sad….
Often times we don’t give mercies to our fellow brothers and sisters easily, we tend to hoard them…..
and other times we trample on them without any consideration. “God is merciful” becomes a mantra.
This is a warning for me,we reap what we sowed, and definitely in His mercies we still have to take the consequences of our action.
God does love us a lot, because of that He also disciplines His children. It is for our own good.
That is one of the reasons I can rest in Him.