SUNDAY 4TH DEC.,2016
TOPIC: MAKING YOURSELF LOOK GOOD (2)
TEXT: JAMES 3:2 “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble
in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body…..”
When you’re upset, it’s tempting to ‘hand out other people’s dirty laundry’ but making yourself look good at somebody else’s expense always backfires. I can’t emphasise enough how crucial it is to get control over your tongue. I wish someone had warned me to stop talking and start praying.’ A lady named Jane learned her lesson the hard way. She was having lunch with a co-worker at a restaurant and they visited the ladies’ toilet. While they were fixing their hair they started to talk about people at work that drove them crazy.
Immediately Jane launched into a diatribe about Susan, a co-worker who had no idea how much trouble she created for the rest of the team. As Jane prepared to launch into more specifics, a cubicle door opened and out walked Susan, flushed and upset.
In a split second what felt like a pressure-relief session turned into an embarrassing mess… Susan ran out in tears, and Jane couldn’t take back the words she’d said. Susan never returned to work, and the next day she resigned. While her co-workers openly cheered what they considered to be good news, Jane was miserable… She tried to call Susan, and even wrote a letter of apology, but there was no response. What’s worse, Jane is a Christian and Susan made no such profession.
Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. What goes around comes around, and idle chatter will surely come back to haunt you.
MEDITATION: Matthew 7:12
STUDY THE BIBLE
EPH 1; EZEK 4&5; IS 40:1-15