Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. ~Charles Spurgeon

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Amish Grace

Watch it!  Watch it with your children.  Talk about it with your children.  So good!! 

I would love to say that I would respond the way these families responded...but, in all honesty, I am not sure that I could say that.

You know the quote I have on my blog...the one by Spurgeon..."Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of."  I thought of that while watching this movie.  You see that very thing that Spurgeon is talking about take place in this movie.  Gosh, so much to think about, talk about, pray about after watching this.

To truly forgive, to really choose love, to completely turn over those fleshly emotions to the Lord, those emotions we feel we have the right to hold on to.  The emotions we seem proud to hold on to because vengeance is a virtue?  Like it’s a point of strength.  A sort of moral hostility against what is wrong.

In the movie one of the news casters is speaking to one of the Amish men about his faith.  She did not understand this kind of forgiveness they were offering?  Forgive when there is no regret or remorse?  Ouch is all I have to say after watching that particular scene.  He replies to her with this "forgiveness comes from an open heart and it comes without condition...or it does not come at all."  Condition...ouch!

"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." "Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either." "Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them." "If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount." "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Luke 6:27-35

This movie is a perfect example to this scripture.

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