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Daily Devotional – February 7

THE REAL “WEAKER BROTHER”

Ever run into someone who “does this” and “doesn’t do that”, is extremely self-righteous, quick to judge others, never seeing the beam in their own eye, but fast to notice the speck of dust in someone else’s?

Ever feel like just beating the tar out of them, knocking ’em to the ground and stomping all over them?

Romans 14  refers to these pitiful babes in Christ as “weaker brothers.”

We are often quick to heap contempt and derision on these weaker little brothers without fully realizing our OWN self-righteousness and judgmental attitudes. If we are “much more mature”, would not we be gently trying to help those weaker than ourselves, lifting up the fallen, assisting those failing, pitying those hurting?

Or are we just as weak as those we criticize?

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February 7, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

6 Comments »

  1. Whoah!

    Comment by helenl | February 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Perhaps we need more of the gentleness that Helen mentioned in her post today.

    Comment by writeathome | February 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. You speak of gentleness, but defend torturers. Why?

    Comment by whig | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Helen! You crack me up! 🙂

    Hey, Carol, that was a very good and insightful post of Helen’s!

    Hi Whig!

    I don’t mind defending all mankind. Jeffrey Dahmer, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, President Clinton, President Bush. I have lived a long time, and have learned that I am neither the judge, jury or executioner of my fellow man. I also learned long ago to withhold judgement until I have walked a mile in other’s shoes. The scripture tells us, “Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”

    And questions us:

    Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

    Hard to understand I realize, but it is the way of the Christian.

    Kindest regards,

    -j

    Comment by bereans | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. All will be forgiven, and so will you.

    But if when they are in the midst of their commission of torture, you defend them in their actions, you take some measure of responsibility that you must carry.

    Why do you do this?

    Comment by whig | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  6. Luke 24:33-34 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

    I don’t think I have been guilty of defending someone for torturing someone, Whig. I think that everyone deserves forgiveness, though–no matter what the crime.

    -j

    Comment by bereans | February 8, 2007 | Reply


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