Behind and underneath all this there is a holy, God-planted, God-tended root. If the primary root of the tree is holy, there’s bound to be some holy fruit. Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and you wild olive shoots were grafted in. Yet the fact that you are now fed by that rich and holy root gives you no cause to crow over the pruned branches. Remember, you aren’t feeding the root; the root is feeding you. Romans 11:16-18 (The Message)
I guess there has always been “in” groups and “out” groups. Paul, usually having to chide the Jewish believers to accept the Gentile believers, here is reminding the Gentile believers not to forget what their roots are – or who their roots are. Why is it that when a group gains acceptance that they often find a way to exclude another?
If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit,
and that’s why you’re worshiped. Psalm 130:3-4 (The Message)
Oh, to be like God, always forgiving, keeping no record of wrongdoings. This is what we breathe – Lord, teach us to share it.
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