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Phil was in the front yard tossing a football with his two sons when a wild dog jumped the fence and attacked the middle-aged school teacher. The dog bit at his pant leg and then nipped him on the shin a few times before disappearing back over the fence.

Fortunately, his two boys were uninjured, but Phil was immediately rushed to the hospital by his wife who was worried about rabies.

When they got to the ER, Phil was immediately checked out by a medical staff. The doctor confirmed that Phil had indeed contracted rabies in the incident. Like the rest of us, Phil had seen Old Yeller, and knew the reality of hydrophobia.

Phil quickly asked the doctor for pen and paper. The doctor assumed his patient was afraid of dying and wanted to scribble out a will in his final moments. He calmly told him, “Phil, don’t worry. We have a serum that will counteract the rabies virus. You’ll be fine in no time. You don’t have to make out your will.”

“I’m not making out my will,” replied the antsy man. “I’m making a list of people I want to bite before you cure me!”

Why is it that when we get “bit” in life, our first reaction is to “bite” others? Why can’t we forgive like the Bible teaches us to?  

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:12-13)

(Special thanks to Paul from Tampa for this resource.) 

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(Resource cataloged by David R Smith)