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The boy stood with back arched, head cocked back and hands clenched
defiantly. "Go ahead, give it to me." 

The principal looked down at the young rebel. "How many times have you
been here?" 

The child sneered rebelliously, "Apparently not enough."

The principal gave the boy a strange look. "And you have been punished
each time have you not?" 

"Yeah, I been punished, if that's what you want to call it." He threw
out his small chest, "Go ahead I can take whatever you dish out. I
always have." 

"And no thought of your punishment enters your head the next time you
decide to break the rules does it?" 

"Nope, I do whatever I want to do. Ain't nothin you people gonna do to
stop me either."

The principal looked over at the teacher who stood nearby. "What did he
do this time?" 

"Fighting. He took little Tommy and shoved his face into the sandbox." 

The principal turned to look at the boy, "Why? What did little Tommy do
to you?" 

"Nothin, I didn't like the way he was lookin at me, just like I don't
like the way your lookin at me! And if I thought I could do it, I'd
shove your face into something."

The teacher stiffened and started to rise but a quick look from the
principal stopped him. He contemplated the child for a moment and then
quietly said, "Today my young student, is the day you learn about grace."

"Grace? Isn't that what you old people do before you sit down to eat? I
don't need none of your stinkin grace." 

"Oh but you do." The principal studied the young mans face and
whispered. "Oh yes, you truly do..." 

The boy continued to glare as the principal continued, "Grace, in its
short definition is unmerited favor. You can not earn it, it is a gift
and is always freely given. It means that you will not be getting what
you so richly deserve." 

The boy looked puzzled. "Your not gonna whup me? You just gonna let me

The principal looked down at the unyielding child. "Yes, I am going to
let you walk." 

The boy studied the face of the principal, "No punishment at all? Even
though I socked Tommy and shoved his face into the sandbox?" 

"Oh, there has to be punishment. What you did was wrong and there are
always consequences to our actions. There will be punishment. Grace is
not an excuse for doing wrong." 

"I knew it," Sneered the boy as he held out his hands. "Lets get on with

The principal nodded toward the teacher. "Bring me the belt." The
teacher presented the belt to the principal. He carefully folded it in
two and then handed it back to the teacher. He looked at the child and
said. "I want you to count the blows." 

He slid out from behind his desk and walked over to stand directly in
front of the young man. He gently reached out and folded the child's
outstretched, expectant hands together and then turned to face the
teacher with his own hands outstretched.

One quiet word came forth from his mouth. "Begin." The belt whipped
down on the outstretched hands of the principal.

Crack! The young man jumped ten feet in the air. Shock registered
across his face, "One" he whispered. Crack! "Two." His voice raised an
octave. Crack! "Three..." 

He couldn't believe this. Crack! "Four." Big tears welled up in the
eyes of the rebel. "OK stop! That's enough. Stop!" Crack! Came the
belt down on the callused hands of the principal.

Crack! The child flinched with each blow, tears beginning to stream down
his face. Crack! Crack! "No please", the former rebel begged, "Stop, I
did it, I'm the one who deserves it. Stop! Please. Stop..." Still the
blows came, Crack! Crack! One after another.

Finally it was over.

The principal stood with sweat glistening across his forehead and beads
trickling down his face. Slowly he knelt down. He studied the young man
for a second and then his swollen hands reached out to cradle the face of
the weeping child.


Author Unknown

None of us deserve eternity in Heaven, but by the Grace of God He 
sent His one and only Son to die for the sins of the world that we 
may be reconciled back to God because of our sin. God loves you and 
will forgive your every sin and save your soul, but you must repent 
and ask for it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that 
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man 
should boast."

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the 
world; but that the world through him might be saved." 



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