29th May 2017

What do Points Win?

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:31 (NIV)

‘What do points win?’ The compere screams at the audience. “They call back equally loud ‘prizes!’ It was a catch phrase that entered many British households through a mediocre quiz show on a Saturday evening. Fortunately the show is no more, but the catch phrase remains in the memory of the British public.

Scoring points in a quiz is one thing, but scoring points off each other is quite another issue. We have all done it, generally the point to score with begins ‘well I always…’ the implication being that whatever the recipient of the remark has said or done they are lesser mortals, because what I am really saying is ‘you need to do it my way.’ There are so many ways of scoring points over another person, superior comments, and small aside remarks, or sometimes just looks of disdain. Temporarily we feel good, we got one over on someone, our way is best and they ought to know it.

As Christians there are no prizes for elevating oneself above our neighbour. Jesus states very clearly that we ought to love our neighbour as much as we love our self. In Romans 13:10 the apostle Paul elaborates this concept further, “Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” This is obvious I hear you say, but, oh, how easy it is to make your neighbour feel less than you. Many times the points are trivial, over small insignificant things; but they mount up, eroding the person’s self-respect and diminishing them.

One simple way of combating point-scoring is to build people up and encourage them – not to patronise, but making them feel better about themselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Doing this will ensure points where it matters – God’s heart – what greater prize than to please Him?

Oh Lord, forgive us for our vanity, our pride that separates not only us from our fellow man but separates us from you. Grant us by the power of the Holy Spirit wisdom to give encouragement and praise rather than our scorn.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net


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