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Today’s Thought – October 17


A wise and understanding heart does not repay a hurt with a hurt. If it does, the heart is diminished. Fissures form. Love leaks out. Every pain given in return for one received, changes the contents of the heart. It is no longer defined by love, wisdom and understanding. It is redefined by the bearers of hurt and hate, pain and prejudice, meanness and madness, sorrow and sadness. You give away control of your very own heart.

The despair of being hurt is healed by overcoming it, not clinging to the hurt and inflicting more of it on the world. When darkness is added to darkness, no one can see, no one can love. Everyone loses.

Love is not always warm and fuzzy. Sometimes it’s the integrity we hold on to when we’re tempted to strike back. Sometimes it’s the honor that keeps us from exchanging the valuable contents of our heart for the harsh satisfaction of lashing back.

No, the way of love is not always easy, but when night falls, dawn is assured.

The integrity and honor of a wise and understanding heart, rises with the sun of a new day.

“Because you have asked for understanding to discern judgment. I have given you a wise and understanding heart.” 1 Kings 3:11-12

Terry McPherson


October 17, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Dawn is assured?
    What if God needs to hold up the day on the other side of the world for a loving battle?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you for this devotional.

    Comment by writeathome | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Voice!

    You refer to different dispensation when God worked directly with an ethnically chosen people. His kingdom is not of this world present day, so I don’t think we will see something like this happen until the close of this one. What do you think?

    Good to hear from you, Carol! It blessed me also!


    Comment by bereans | October 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. God still in charge setting up Kingdoms?
    Genesis 20:17

    Comment by Voice of Reason | October 23, 2007 | Reply

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