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The Ugly Cactus and 1 Peter 4:8


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This cactus captured my imagination a few summers ago. It was so big and so ugly, yet the Showy Primroses chose to decorate it well. Then I found 1 Peter 4:8, and it seemed to go with the picture, too.

Only Jesus can remove sin from our lives, yet when our transgressions wound others, we must ask their forgiveness then show them much love to help them cover the memory they may bear. Better yet, if we have already loved them deeply, our careless transgressions might not hurt so much, for they’ll know our hearts and know pain wasn’t our intent. The memory won’t be so severe.

Either way, as we love each other deeply and live with forgiveness and grace, life is more beautiful.

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Janet Benlien Reeves

Reader, Writer, Runner, Flower Hunter, Child of God, Prince Charming's Wife, Mom Prone to Cheer
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