Daily Devotions

We’re All on the Same Team!

January 17, 2019

“The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.” Lk 6:38 CEV

Jesus said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults…That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging” (Mt 7:1-2 MSG). Think about it. Do you really want to live your life judging and being judged? One Christian author puts it this way: “We were created to be in community…[Not] treat each other with a spirit of judgment…There’s something in us that permits us to vie for a better impression of ourselves by belittling someone else. It rages through the teenage years, and should end when we ‘grow up,’ but instead it mutates…We judge each other’s relationships when our own are crumbling …or their parenting skills when our own are hanging by a thread…Someone who never exercises is ‘lazy’…Someone who hides their feelings is ‘cold’…we judge who has what job, who’s busier, who has more stress, who has it ‘rougher.’ Someone tells us bad news and we secretly rejoice that it’s not us…someone shares good news and we call them arrogant. But no one wins because we’re all on the same team.” Instead of judging and criticizing, Paul says, “When we have the opportunity to help…we should do it” (Gal 6:10 NCV). So: (a) Look for a way to bless somebody who is not in a position to reciprocate. (b) Identify someone you can encourage today. (c) Go out of your way to make someone feel special. Jesus said: “If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return…The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.”

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account_circle C Wilson

I agree with this message 100%! Judge not that he be not judged. Sometimes it doesn't take much for us to be judgmental, even when we do not know the contents of the whole situation. I have learned so much about this over the years and still a work in-progress. God has taken me to another level when it comes to judging others, especially knowing He is the only Just Judge. Who are we to judge? Most definitely not how I intend to live my life. I try to do something each day from the examples you give in the end. Sometimes it's just a smile, but then I see where it makes a difference. Thanks again for this teaching Pastor Franklin! God bless you, your family, and your congregation.

account_circle Teresa Mabry

Thank you Jesus!!! I love this word!

account_circle Shirlisa Howard

Trying to read first

account_circle Shirlisa Howard

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account_circle Freddy & Doris Height

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Encourage someone today. Amen

account_circle Jylina Edwards

Amen

account_circle Margareth Larose

As we get older, it becomes clearer that judging others doesn't make us have a better impression of ourselves. When we reflect on the judgments we pass, we feel smaller and we like ourselves less. As christians, we know that God is the ultimate judge. To God be the glory! Amen.

account_circle Laron Snead

Real talk !!

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