Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


What About Punishment?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I remember one day I was hot and tired, making dinner in the kitchen while the children were running around me playing. A daughter stopped and asked me a question—an abstract question that required genuine effort to wrap my brain around before giving her an answer that didn’t generate forty-two more questions.

I answered calmly. She accepted my answer and flashed back to her playing. I stood there briefly in slight amazement. “Wow, I really had a lot of patience on that one,” I thought. Then I thanked God.

The patience came from God. I was not in the mood to be patient and yet it was there.

Then it dawned on me. God is constantly pouring out patience and other good experiences because God is good.

If I refuse to accept the goodness, I am only punishing myself.

So, all this stuff about God punishing us for our sins is backwards. Sin is self-punishing, self-destructive. God on the other hand, can’t take away good. God can’t take away our rights to health and purpose and strength. God gives goodness and we can accept all this goodness.

 



Previous Posts

Price of gas
The human mind gets stuck so easily. It can even require a shock to get un-stuck. The latest drastic drop in gas prices, show me how my mind got stuck. I can barely believe it now, when I fill up my gas tank for $22, rather than $51. But believe the change I will, hopefully without dreading the t

posted 8:07:50am Jan. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Courageous woman
Living through two World Wars, and becoming intimately involved as the President’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote with an insight that is applicable today. Her book, The autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, included an interview she had with Nikita Khrushchev, Former First Secretary of the Central C

posted 7:34:14am Jan. 26, 2015 | read full post »

In training with love
Years ago, we had horses. It was when a new revolution in horse training was occurring. Trainers were transitioning away from “breaking” horses, to training with compassion and understanding. We don’t have to follow the human pattern. “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Phari

posted 7:42:51am Jan. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Hanging out with Christ
It’s a tough call. If I found myself sitting in a boat, in rough water, and then I saw Christ Jesus walking by on the water, I don’t know if I’d risk walking on the water to be with Christ. Would I sit in the boat? The safety of the boat is already precarious, bobbing and thrashing in st

posted 7:29:57am Jan. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Simultaneous contrast
Have you ever looked at paint samples? Those dinky squares of colors in paint stores? You decide on teal green and take a gallon home to paint a room. Once on the wall, you want to gag. Returning to the store and paint samples, you select another color with caution. Deciding on emerald green,

posted 8:05:50am Jan. 13, 2015 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.