Saturday, October 23, 2010

Well Deserved Chastisement

All should read this and shiver -

"Now I beg those who read this book not to be disheartened by these misfortunes, but to consider that these chastisements were meant not for the ruin but for the correction of our nation. It is, in fact, a sign of great kindness to punish sinners promptly instead of letting them go for long. Thus, in dealing with other nations, the Lord patiently waits until they reach the full measure of their sins before he punishes them; but with us he has decided to deal differently, in order that he may not have to punish us more severely later, when our sins have reached their fullness. He never withdraws his mercy from us. Although he disciplines us with misfortunes, he does not abandon his own people." ~2 Maccabees 6:12-16


christopher said...

A timely quote, too often ignored. Thank you for the reminder that His Justice is always tied to His Mercy.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

This is a message I have been putting out there for more than tewnty years. It is still largely ignored. And the Day of Reckoning is almost upon us.