What do you see?

The organ music swells and the Wedding March begins, you see the Bride coming down the aisle in a beautiful white dress that has 12 yards of gleaming satin, however if on the dress there was one black ink spot, or a small mud stain on the skirt, your eyes would go to that and not see the beauty of the whole dress. Point? So many times people have lived exemplary lives when something happens, a spot, and no one ever remembers any of the wonderful things they have done, only the thought of them caught in some misdeed that has brought shame. I am not saying they shouldn’t be reprimanded, I am saying that when it happens we shouldn’t gloat! Proverbs 24:17 Don’t laugh when your enemy falls; don’t crow over his collapse. God might see, and become very provoked, and then take pity on his plight.

If Samuel had been small-minded, he would have been glad Saul failed as Israel’s King since he was the only one who warned against the kingship. We might expect him to shout to the housetops, “I told you so.” How do we know he didn’t do that? Because God said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?” (1 Sam. 16:1). There was no gloating, only mourning. Good evidence that we can be trusted with today’s anointing and today’s stigma is that we mourn when a brother or sister slips or falls. Cain said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9). The answer is yes. I fear that the anointing many of us desire is largely delayed because of a rival spirit. We look over our shoulders and consciously or unconsciously compete with one another. Virtually no consideration at all is given to seeking the glory that comes only from God. We want mutual adulation more. Jonathan Edwards said that the one thing Satan cannot successfully counterfeit is a love for the glory of God.  It is a temptation to compare ourselves to others, but 2Corinthians 10:12 says, We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point. I am not perfect I am a work in progress, but at least I realize that. Do I always mourn for the fallen? I am always sad to see anyone fall, be it minister, sports hero or Hollywood actor, anyone that people admire for any reason, but more-so someone who professes to know God, whether they stand behind a pulpit or sit at a desk or wear a hard hat. If someone thinks of you as a Christian then hold yourself above reproach, and if your worst enemy fails, be compassionate, knowing that it could have been YOU!

Try to see the whole dress instead of just the spot and if you are able, find some spot remover (the blood of Jesus), and help them clean it up!


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