There are many moments in life when we quickly pass judgment on someone
else because of something they did either real or imagined. It's important
that we remember that we are all imperfect and flawed human beings and have
all fallen short at one time or another. The Bible says it clear in Isaiah
64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are
as filthy rags..." Knowing that humanity is flawed is important so that we
don't place ourselves in a position of authority over someone else and
label them in a manner of our perception and liking. (Matthew 7:1-5)
The Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall
be forgiven." We are to remember the Lord's command and not be judgmental
towards others, but rather we are to think the best of others and love
them with the love of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 4:1-6) (James 4:11-12)
I hope you are both inspired and challenged by today's message.
THE COOKIE THIEF
The woman was waiting at the airport one night,
With several long hours before her flight,
She hunted for a book in the airport shop,
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see
That the man beside her, as bold as he could be,
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between,
Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.
She read, munched cookies and watched the clock,
As the gutsy "cookie thief" diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice, I'd blacken his eye!"
With each cookie she took, he took one, too.
When only one was left, she wondered what he'd do.
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,
He took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half, as he ate the other.
She snatched it from him and thought, "Oh brother,
This guy has some nerve, and he's also rude.
Why he didn't even show any gratitude!"
She had never known when she had been so galled,
And sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate,
Refusing to look back at the "thieving ingrate."
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,
Then sought her book, which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!
"If mine are here," she moaned with despair,
"Then the others were his and he tried to share!"
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief!
By Valerie Cox
How many times in our lives, have we absolutely known that something was a
certain way, only to be wrong.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 4:11-12 "Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh
evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law,
and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the
law, but a judge. There is One lawgiver, who is able to save and to
destroy: who art thou that judgest another?"
Galatians 6:1-4 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."
Hebrews 13:1-3 "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember
them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity
as being yourselves also in the body."
1 Peter 3:8-11 "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil
for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that
will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good;
let him seek peace, and ensue it."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry