He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. - Isaiah 61:1-3
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What makes you stronger than your critics? Is it getting revenge? That’s natural. Is it cursing them? That’s almost innate. Is it ignoring them? That’s too easy. All these bring you to their level. Loving them, with no strings attached (without any guarantee they’ll ever be kind to you, providing for their needs expecting nothing - not so much as a “thank you”- in return, praising their strengths while everyone else laughs at their mistakes) is more difficult. It goes against every inclination. It takes much more strength.
Religion makes us proud of what we have done. The Gospel makes us proud of what Jesus has done. Timothy Keller (via godmoves)
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