TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, September 26, 2017:
Finding fault with; judging unfavorably or harshly.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things. So, when you, a mere man, pass judgement on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgement. Romans 2:1,3.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Some time ago we were watching a Christian program on television. The pastor told a story of an experience he had leading a tour of his friends to see missions in action in Kenya. It grabbed our attention because we, some years ago, had lead a mission’s trip to Kenya.
The pastor related that at the end of the conference which was held just outside of Nairobi, the group packed up in the guest house were they had stayed for three nights and headed for a location near the Nairobi airport where they were leaving from early the next morning.
When the group arrived at their location next to the airport, one person in the group reported that she had forgotten her luggage back at the conference center. After she left to retrieve her luggage, the pastor who was always meticulous about every detail, showed he was human and criticized her sharply.
But there is more to this story. The next morning when the group arrived at the airport, the pastor discovered to his dismay that he too had left his luggage behind. It and his passport were back at the location that they had just left. Because of the shortness of time it was quite costly for someone to race back at get his suitcase.
The pastor soon realized that he had been wrong to criticize so harshly and took the time to apologize in front of the whole group. His last words to the group were, “I have learned my lesson and will never criticize so harshly again.
We all have faults and weaknesses and we should learn to bear with one another and forgive each other when things go wrong. We need to be constructive in our criticism and criticize with compassion, love, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. When we do criticize harshly we must do as this pastor did. He asked for forgiveness and apologized. When we acknowledge our mistakes, and ask for forgiveness we become imitators of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 4:7.
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you
Dear God, You know that there are times when we just do not feel patient and humble and gentle. Help me in those times to be reminded of Your kindness, patience and love for and with me. When I am tempted to criticize about others, bring to my remembrance how much You have forgiven me and help me do what You would have me do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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