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This Week: Relationships
TUESDAY— Check Your Backside
Big Point: Before you start correcting others and telling them of their faults and shortcomings, take a good look at yourself—front, back, inside and out and be sure to have a hefty dose of “grace” for others while you are at it!
Often times we are quick to judge and let someone know what they need to do and why they need to do it. Some of us may not say what we think, but often times a never ending theme song plays in the back of our mind entitled “I know more than you … and here’s what you should do … according to me!” Think of ole’ honest and innocent Abe in the Geico commercial that was played this past weekend. If you did not see it, it showed a fictional reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s wife asking her husband whether her “back-side” looked big in the dress she was wearing. Now we all know that Abe earned the coined phrase “honest Abe,” but do you think he was hard-pressed to say honestly what he thought in this instance? Well, his body language kind-of said it all and his wife walked away in a huff.
Perhaps Abe did not want to offend his loving wife, or perhaps he thought “who am I to say what’s wrong with her, let me examine my own faults first before I go shouting out what’s wrong with her.” Okay, okay, perhaps you don’t buy that line of reasoning. Here’s the bottom line: we all must take an honest look at our own faults and be sure to harbor a huge dose of grace for others as we travel through our daily life!
READ…What Does the Bible Say?
Matthew 7:3 (New Living Translation)
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?
Colossians 3:13 (New Living Translation)
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you …
THINK…Find the answers
Can you imagine having a log in your eye as described in Matthew 7:3? What analogy is Jesus trying to draw here?
If someone messes up, what does Colossians 3:13 say we should do in response to that mess up?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Have you ever taken the time to look at yourself in a magnifying mirror and notice all of the faults you have on your face? For some of us, it’s just not pretty. The magnifying mirror just tells it all, doesn’t it? … All of our blemishes, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and hair that tends to grow in places where it shouldn’t.
Describe a time (or times) where you found yourself judging someone else without taking a look at some of your own faults:
Do a little self-examination of your own. Think about the areas in your life where you could really start uprooting some of the “logs” stuck in your own eye. In other words, what are the stumbling blocks you consistently deal with?
How would you describe your general demeanor towards other’s faults? Would you say you are quick to judge or quick to provide grace and make allowances for their faults? If you are struggling to think of examples, think of when you are driving and someone cuts you off. Is your first response “what an idiot” as you speed up to drive past them and look at them with a face that could kill, or is your first response “oh, they must be in a hurry, let me slow down and allow them to pass” (here’s your moment of truth … be honest):
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Ask God to help you remember to work on your own “back-side” and to be quick to make allowances for other’s faults. Ask Him to help you to be less judgmental and more loving and forgiving.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: 1 Chronicles 1-4
Ch. 1 The identity and legitimacy of this people are traced in a line beginning with Adam and extending through the tribes of Israel. The first genealogy takes the story from Adam, the first human, through Abraham and Isaac; then it focuses on Isaac’s son Esau and the kings who descended from him. Israel is located within the nations of the world, which are similarly God’s creation and part of His purpose for Israel. The line of election continued through Abraham who is also recalled as the recipient of covenantal promises.
Ch. 2 The line of divine election culminates in the sons of Israel, the subject of the following genealogies. But the Chronicler does not consider them in the traditional order of these verses. Further, his actual listing of the 12 tribes differs because it includes the half-tribes of Manasseh in Transjordan and west of the Jordan and omits mention of Zebulun and Dan. The first and most extensive place is given to the tribe of Judah. It is the focus of chief interest because it leads to David, the central human character in Chronicles.
Ch. 3 The genealogy of King David through his son Solomon and those who were their descendants into the Babylonian captivity.
Ch. 4 Chronicles descendants of Judah and Simeon. Includes the “Prayer of Jabez” who was remembered for his prayer rather than an heroic act. Jabez asked that God bless him, help him in his work, be with him in all he did and keep him from trouble and pain. Jabez acknowledged God as the true center of his life.