The House

ImageGrace, forgiveness and long suffering have depths to be plumbed. I know each of us to some degree have been on both sides of these forces. We have given them and received them. Each has an appreciation for these to various degrees.

Suffering in relationships helps us grow to value grace. But many of us wisely avoid relationships that exact forgiveness from us or require our humble confession. Relationships can be painful and natural to avoid. I do not like doing regrettable things and it can hurt deeply to be abused. Keeping a distance from people and avoiding organizational obligations is therefore necessary to insulate us from complications.

Keep relationships short in duration and shallow in depth. Avoid sticky subjects. Stick to safe people. Evade others’ complicated lives. Minister by appointment with a start and end time. And avoid giving your phone number and address to needy people. Do not…

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