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The stinging scorpion

There was a man who saw a scorpion floundering around in the water. He decided to save it by stretching out his finger, but the scorpion stung him. The man still tried to get the scorpion out of the water, but the scorpion stung him again.

Someone nearby told him to stop saving the scorpion that kept stinging him. But the man said, “It is the nature of the scorpion to sting. It is my nature to love. Why should I give up my nature to love just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?”

Don’t give up loving.
Don’t give up your goodness,
Even if people around you sting.

Let’s not give up on love. If you have love in your heart, you always have something to give. Love is the one treasure that multiplies by division. It is the one gift that grows bigger the more you take from it. It is the one business in which it pays to be an absolute spendthrift. You can give it away, throw it away, empty your pockets, shake the basket, turn the glass upside down, and tomorrow you will have more than Imageever.

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58 thoughts on “The stinging scorpion

  1. screamingmelodies on said:

    Thank you for following my blog.
    Yours is one of the most inspirational yet.
    Keep up and good luck!
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  2. Steven Atwood on said:

    Reblogged this on Steve Atwood's Blog.

  3. Thank you for this blessing, khamneithang!!! Beautiful truths! Love is the only gift we enjoy in this life that we get to take with us to the next-WELL DONE!

  4. Thanks for following my blog. This is a great post. It reminds me of what Jesus has done for us and that He is love… loving us unconditionally. He doesn’t give up on us because he wants us to receive his love and grace. As your post says, let us live a life of love as well! Thanks for posting! God bless.

  5. Jennifer Worrell on said:

    WOW! This is really something I need to hear. Thanks for the inspiration! I also appreciate your follow!

  6. This parallels the Book of Hosea, and I absolutely love it. Thank you for your words, I’ll carry them with me today.

  7. dianne on said:

    very beautiful and inspiring.. ; )

  8. I love this post. Thank you for having such an inspirational blog and thank you for stopping by mine. 🙂

  9. Great post, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. Wow, that was well put! I have to say I hate the scorpion, as they are everywhere here in AZ, but to truely see what that man saw in it blows me away!

  11. Paulina Czarnecki on said:

    This is great 🙂

  12. Great analogy. Certainly, we should keep loving even though people may act with unkindness toward us.

    I am so thankful that our great God – even though He was rejected time and time again by mankind – continued to love us. I am so very thankful for His great love which gave His most precious, His only Son, to become sin for me and to bear the punishment of His wrath for me, so that we could be reconciled. I am so thankful that He poured out His love on me and drew me to Himself, giving me the faith to believe.

    I am so thankful for His continuing love for me, as He continues His work in me, maturing me and bringing me ever towards Christlikeness.

    What an amazing God!

    • Gratitude should be the hallmark of a Christian. There are so many things to be grateful for. And I’m so privileged to connect with you here. I have also visited your blog. To be honest, though I can’t say I like the get up of the blog and its layout, I really appreciate the posts and they are so wonderful. Hope to pass by again and again. And thanks for your Christian testimony. May God continue to bless and use you for His glory!

  13. A beautiful post! How do we cultivate this love while we are still so tired, worn, and sick inside? Trusting in God also makes our love grow.

    A beautiful inspirational post.

    God bless.

  14. I love your blog, its very refreshing and edifying. This post on love is ever so true…. i will definitely stop by regularly. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  15. An ancient wisdom, well said. This illustrates the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks for stopping by and liking my post.

  16. Nice! 🙂 Loving others is the 2nd greatest commandment, after all!

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  18. The true essence of life is love and its well expressed here. Thanks for being on my blog.loved the inspirational thoughts of yours..

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  20. I really like your thoughts and analogies; this one of the scorpion is especially beautiful. Thank you for following my blog. Yours is very encouraging!

  21. Thank you for visiting my site and leading me to you. I shall look forward to your messages.

  22. How very true! What a great encouragement! Thanks for following my blog =)

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  25. Great thoughts about love! I couldn’t help but thinking that I’m a lot like that scorpion, but thank God He still loves me and won’t just throw me out.

  26. You have an amazing blog. And this post is so deep. You have some really thought provocking posts! Looking forward to reading more.

  27. “His love for us is deeper than the ocean, and it’s higher than the blue skies above” (taken from a song sung by Nicole C. Mullen). Such great love, I cannot comprehend.

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