We had a lively conversation last night that reminded me of the Parable of the Dragnet
The Parable of the Net
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.” ~Matt 13:47-48 (ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition)
Everyone has a variety of experiences in their lives, both good and bad.
The Divine Principle explains, “All people have an original mind which inclines them to reject evil and pursue goodness. Yet, even without our being aware of it, we are driven by evil forces to abandon the goodness which our original mind desires and to perform evil deeds which, in our innermost heart, we do not want to do.” ~Exposition of the Divine Principle (Kindle Edition)
We have a tendency to dwell on the bad experiences to the detriment of our spiritual lives. We need the ability to discern what is harmful and the discipline to reject it.
Choosing to live in the Kingdom of Heaven means learning what experiences to treasure and what memories to throw away.
It is the same in the life of an organization like a church. Sometimes a leader’s mistake and resulting shakeup can cause emotional wounds in the spiritual lives of church members.
Dwelling on the pain and harboring resentment over the past can be as poisonous to our spiritual lives as trying to hug a Scorpion fish. We need to know when to let go and move on.
Throwing the entire church out of your life is like throwing back the whole catch, good and bad, including the net.
Like the fishermen in the parable, it is better to go through your catch of church experiences and choose to keep what is good. Toss only the bad, but keep the net. Then you will dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.
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