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How We Choose to Understand – Matthew 5:30 – Taken Out of Context for Contempt

So yesterday I had a discussion with someone concerning this.
A lot of Christians have stood by the verse that says “And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from thee…” And through this verse; they have made up excuses for being unforgiving and not showing mercy. But something was said prior to Matthew 5:30 and through the chapter that is somehow conveniently forgotten or perhaps overlooked by many.

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Are you shy or you have low self esteem?

For the longest while I have tried to convince people around me that I am shy.
In 2003, I was part of the contestants for Miss Malaika and I remember flopping miserably on stage because I didn’t remember what I was supposed to say.
Even though, I had the highest public support at the time, I didn’t believe I had to win. I felt I wasn’t “good enough” and others were better than I was.

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