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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
PROVERBS 12:10

These words, concerning the cruelty of the wicked, have an application to every Christian. How many foolish parents, with feelings of what they conclude is tenderest mercy, spoil their children, give them their every desire, and so hasten them down the road to ruin and damnation. Unenlightened mercy results in the cruelest of conclusions.

These words give an explanation of why the works termed good by men are rejected by God. Mans works are so tainted as to render the best of them utterly unacceptable. Primarily, this verse declares mans depravity. Even the tenderest of feelings within the breast of the wicked are cruel. The record of mans highest endeavours is stained with cruel bloodletting. History rarely gives the full details of the shameful acts that surround mankinds most applauded achievements. The garments of mans noblest adventures are soaked with the blood of innocent suffering. Mans inhumanity to man is how we aptly describe his self-inflicted misery.

The grace of God has put a difference between the saint and the sinner. It is a difference of immeasurable magnitude. There is a gulf as broad as that which separates the East from the West. The difference is seen in simple, everyday matters such as the treatment of the dumb beast. Long before there were animal welfare groups there was the grace of God in the heart of the saved sinner. Long before there was national legislation respecting the treatment of animals there was the law of the Word of God. The concern of God for His creatures is inscribed in the law He gave to Moses and Israel. It is also etched upon the new nature which He imparts to the regenerate. The saved man has a concern for his beast. Saved men will cherish the creation that God described as good.

Every moment is the right one to be kind.
Anonymous

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