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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Demolition Derby

Recently, a demolition crew began tearing down a house in Denton, TX. They were making headway, when they received some very bad news—they were tearing down the wrong house. The crew’s mission was to destroy the house across the street. Now, according to WORLD magazine, Francis Howard, age 69, owns one very damaged house.

I know people who live like that crew. Typically, they are those who have been hurt in the past. Maybe a spouse left them, maybe a family member mistreated them in childhood, maybe a family friend abused them, maybe they suffered a traumatic experience; but now they are attacking people who have nothing to do with the past mistreatment. Still, because of their anger or pain, these folks go around in life tearing other people down.

Jesus said, “But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you” (Mt. 5:44). Somebody has got to break the chain. Maybe loving our enemies is the place to start.

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