No one ever grew spiritually by focusing on the flaws in someone else.
The real trouble is that ‘kindness’ is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
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Preface any statement this way and I can guarantee you a sure-fire way to build walls, cause defensive responses and inhibit any heart-to-heart dialogue with those who might happen to disagree with you.
We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.
If we see a need in the body of Christ, we must intercede and not simply criticize.
When you heart is ablaze with the love of God, when you love other people – especially the ripsnorting sinners – so much that you dare to tell them about Jesus with no apologies, then never fear, there will be results.
Respect for other cultural worlds is a Christian principle. But the absolutization of tolerance that often underlies rhetoric about “multiculturalism” is in no way Christian.
I am blessed to be a friend of a generous God who lavishes His freedom, love, forgiveness and healing on me. He invites me to follow His example, and He encourages me to take what he has placed in my hands and extend it to others. I do so without judgment or expectation of repayment or without fear that I will lack. I give from a place of joy, for I have learned that the more I pour into the lives of others, the more God increases my capacity to receive from Him. I can never outgive God, for when I reach into His pantry, there is always more than enough for myself, and there is always more than enough to give freely to others. Healing, love, forgiveness and freedom; He freely gave to me, freely I give to others
“Dare to Call Him Friend” – Soon to be released.
Charles Spurgeon and his wife would sell, but refuse to give away, the eggs their chickens laid. Even close relatives were told, “You may have them if you pay for them.” As a result, some people labeled the Spurgeons greedy and grasping. They accepted the criticisms without defending themselves, and only after Mrs. Spurgeon died was the full story revealed. All the profits from the sale of eggs went to support two elderly widows. Because the Spurgeons were unwilling to let their left hand know what the right hand was doing (Matthew 6:3), they endured the attacks in silence.