The things God has given to hold on to, we squander, and the things he gives us to spend on others, we won’t let go of. That’s what Jesus is talking about in today’s parable and teachings. Our God is merciful, and wants us to lavish mercy on others the way he lavishes good gifts on us. But he calls on us to be faithful guardians of his teachings, and not to trade them away for the worthless philosophies of the world.
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