“Thou art the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7)

Philippians 2:1-5 ESV
(1) So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
(2) complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
(3) Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
(4) Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(5) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Meet one of the many Bible passages that cause me to be very conscious of the three fingers pointing back at myself (as opposed to one at someone else—the thumb doesn’t count). My first impulse upon reading this was to mentally accuse my grandkids of doing everything from selfish ambition or conceit, of being self-centered and divisive. Yet, when my first reaction to a Bible passage is to point the bony, judgmental finger at others, I am the greater offender.

Father, when my first thought is to apply correction to others, rather than to myself, please forgive me. I know better. Thank You for forgiveness through Jesus’ blood, for it’s in His name I pray.


2 thoughts on “THE HABIT OF ME

  1. It is not us who is judging others Jim when they sin, it is God through the confirmation of Scripture but this is not referring to weakness and shortcomings or anyone’s Eternal Destiny as you shared we are not to judge these or do we judge with a fleshy Agenda..

    Forgiving sin is different from excusing sin as OK, God never does this and nobody can receive His forgiveness or anyone elses until they say they are sorry even though God has forgiven them in Christ Jesus and still Loves them but He hates the evil they do, it separates them from Him.

    We are not being Loving when we look the other way and ignore sin by those who claim to be Christians but continue to sin or Teach error, God tells us to rebuke them and correct their error as we see confirmed in the Scripture below, with Blogging it is even more important to do so because others are being influenced by their wrong teaching and will also teach their error to others, and Satan gets a foothold in their lives.

    Titus 2:14-15 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    2 Timothy 4 : 2-3 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    Colossians 1:27-29 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man/woman perfect in Christ Jesus Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily(KJV)

    We remember Jim not just Christians Blog or have Websites, create e-mails or Power points and also use YouTube etc, so do Atheists, Cults, Wolves, False Teaches and deceived and Childish Christians, which is why there is so much confusion today, even well known Evangelists and Teaches of Theology get it wrong when they are Trusting in their own understanding instead of Jesus to Teach and lead them into all Truth.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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