Giving Credit Where Credit is DueWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Have you ever attended a church service and thought, "Yuck! This church is dead," then attended elsewhere and thought, "Wow! God is there," as you felt personally touched by His presence?
You may have noticed one bragging about how their wonderful schemes got them through difficult situations, and thought them a jerk. Though, you might've been reminded of God's love when someone spoke, with a quiver in their voice, of how God helped them to make it through.
Maybe someone made a list of everything they've ever done for you, as if you owed them. But when someone said, "You can thank me by loving others in need," it became a pleasure to both give and receive.
Perhaps you've experienced someone pointing at your imperfections in anger or rattling of 25 Bible verses so loud you didn't hear a word they said. Yet, when someone came off their pedestal to meet you where you were (and taught you how to overcome your weak-ness, fear, and insecurity), you were set free.
God is Not MockedWritten by Joyce C. Lock
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in SPIRIT of MEEKNESS, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted," (Ga. 6:1).
How many times have we had urge to Lord it over someone fallen; to look at them in disgust, to shun their very presence, to talk behind their back, to refuse their service, to forget all good they've done, to spit in their face and kick them when their down?
Those who receive people in meekness have learned a very special lesson. In right place, at right time, under right circumstance - there is no sin we couldn't be tempted with. Only by grace of God that it isn't me.
Where did we get idea it couldn't happen to us? Don't we dare think ourselves any better (Ga. 6:3)!
If we weren't abandoned on a door step, raised in an orphanage or maybe even ghettos; if we were raised with God fearing, loving, non-abusive parents who saw to it that we had best education money could buy; if we've risen to places of prestige, prosperity, power, respect, and position ... how can we think we had something to do with it?
Sometimes, we forget where we came from and who brought us where we are (Ez. 16:21, 22). If you ever find yourself in such a place - BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE!