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by Steve Higginbotham
February 18, 2007
You've probably heard about the man who went to the doctor after being bitten by a dog who was frothing at the mouth.  The man was concerned that the dog had rabies.  After several some blood work, the doctor returned to the patient's room with a rather solemn look and said, "Sir, I have some bad news for you.  You have tested positive for rabies."
The man then asked the doctor for a pencil and a pad of paper and began writing.  The doctor thought he had scared the man so badly that he was making out his will, so the doctor said, "Sir, I didn't mean to leave the wrong impression with you.  You do have rabies, but it is not fatal.  It can be treated.  You'll be fine in a few weeks.  There's no need for you to make out your will."  The man replied, "My will?  Are you kidding doc?  I'm making out a list of people that I want to bite before I get well."
Well now, isn't that just like some people you know?  Maybe you saw someone just like that this morning as you looked in the mirror.  Bitter!  Vindictive! Angry!  But listen friends, bitterness has no place in the life of a Christian.  How can we, who have been forgiven so much, be unwilling to forgive others when they make mistakes?
"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you" (Ephesians 5:31-32)
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