28th August 2013

Offences Used to Good Effect

 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbour’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole travelling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbour.”
Matthew 7:3-5 (The Message)

Loved ones can hurt us very much and the closer they are the more it hurts. It’s never nice to be hurt, whether by someone’s bad attitudes toward us, with specific words, or maybe being ignored altogether. 

We can use these opportunities, though, to practice forgiveness.  We can also use them to check our own attitudes and words etc. I wonder sometimes how I come across to others. Are my attitudes in need of attention? Do my words need adjusting? Are there people I have rejected?  

More so, can we use hurts to check our relations with God? How, I wonder, is my attitude coming across to Him? Do I use words that hurt Him? do I neglect Him? 

There seems to be little in life that we can’t use as a lesson, a check list, or reminder. 

Time, I think, to look in the mirror! 

Dear Father, You never cease talking to us in numerous ways, teaching and moulding us into Christ-likeness, for which we thank You.

Study by Ruth Edwards


ruthedwards1About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email:  jf007d991@blueyonder.co.uk

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