Words of Truth - August 31, 2011

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Barking or Pulling"

“Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.  And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.”  Mark 7:1-2

        Two taxidermists stopped before a window in which an owl was on display.  They immediately began to criticize the way it was mounted.  Its eyes were not natural; its wings were not in proportion with its head; its feathers were not neatly arranged; and its feet could be improved.  When they had finished with their criticism, the old owl turned his head...and winked at them.

The critic is one who makes it his life's work to put on trial all other's life work.  While he is busy tearing down what is being done, he is doing nothing.  Everything he sees is measured by his standard.  The critic knows everything and accomplishes nothing.  Remember, there is no city in the world where they have a statue to the critic.  Don’t become a critic!

If you are criticized, there are some things to remember:  (1) Commit the matter instantly to God.  Ask Him to remove all resentment or counter criticism on your part and teach you the needed lessons.  (2) Remember that we are all great sinners and that the one who has criticized us does not begin to know the worst about us.  (3) If you have made a mistake or committed a sin, humbly and frankly confess it to God and to anyone you may have injured.  (4) Be willing to learn afresh that you are not infallible and that you need God's grace and wisdom every moment of the day to keep on the right path.

Faultfinding is not difficult.  Think about the story of the dog that was hitched to the lawnmower and stopped pulling to bark at a passerby.  The little boy that guided the mower said, “Don’t mind the dog, he is just barking for an excuse to rest.  It’s easier to bark than to pull the mower.”  Are you barking or pulling?

Study verses:  Matthew 18:15; I Corinthians 4:1-6; 6:7; Galatians 6:1

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Previous devotions

"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011


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