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In sympathizing with others,
we should beware casting a reproach upon God,
insinuating that were we in control,
the burdens of others would be lighter, less harsh
and a greater application of expeditious mercy.

"Whenever we step back from identification with God's interest in others into sympathy with them, the vital connection with God has gone, we have put our sympathy, our consideration for them in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God."1


1. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, p.124.

  • Ina Manly Painter

Ina Manly Painter has a Master of Science Degree in Educational/Counseling Psychology. She and her husband, Harrison, live in Knoxville , TN , where they have been affiliated with Re/Max Preferred Properties as REALTORS, for many years. They have four children, Paige, and wife Christa, Laura, Jared, and Amanda and one grandson, Caleb. They can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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