The Hatfields & McCoys

15 Aug

If you’re from the United States, you’ve at least heard of the infamous feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys in the 1880s in the mountainous where Kentucky and West Virginia touch.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the feud this week as I just read a book about it called, The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi.  When reading, I just wanted to holler out.  YOU CAN BE THE ONE TO STOP THIS.  JUST SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE.

Around here you have to be either for the Hatfields or the McCoys.  You have to choose sides.  Well, Will and I are staying out of it.  I’m tired of it, Fanny, all the killing.  When you cast an eye on a boy, make sure he’s out of it.  And when you wed, get away.  Stay out of it, Fanny, do.  Or it will destroy you. ~ One of the McCoy sisters speaking to another.

What an object lesson for us.  Pride and hard-heartedness leads to destruction.

And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (Ampl)

Of course, the good news is that we don’t have to try to whip up these feelings in ourselves.  This morning I’m going to ask God to search my heart for hard heartedness and unforgiveness, and then fill me with Himself, giving me the capacity to be tenderhearted and forgiving.  The word for forgiving here is charizomai, which means to show one’s self gracious kind, and benevolent.  That is, to give life and not death.

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