One day when Sally walked into seminary she could tell they were in for another fun day.
There was a big target on the wall and a table full of darts. Brother Smith told the students
to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry and he would
let them throw some darts at the picture. Sally's girlfriend on the right drew a picture of
the girl who had stolen her boyfriend. Her friend on her left drew a picture of his little
brother. Sally decided to have some fun and drew a picture of Brother Smith! She really put
a lot of detail into her drawing, even to the extent of drawing pimples on his face. She was
very pleased at the overall effect she had achieved.
Matthew 25:40 "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"
There is one member of my family that drives me crazy and fills me with disgust, and sometimes
even rage, almost every time we go out together. She is always poking me and saying, "Just
look at that." Or cutting me one of her looks! Anyone who is overweight or not dressed
to suit her is a candidate for her ridicule. She pretends to be such a good Christian, yet she
cuts people down with her words every day. And I know she does the same thing to me behind my
back, too. I once had a great aunt who was too old to know (or too old to care!) she was letting
something slip who told some of the things this other relative had said about me. No one is
safe from her acid tongue and the sad thing is, she doesn't think there is anything wrong with
what she does.
But saying mean things about others does hurt someone. It hurts the people we are talking to.
They must either reproach us or laugh at our ignorance. And, if they are Christians, it is
embarrassing for them. It hurts us. Having a biting, caustic spirit is bad for the body and
soul. Being kind is so much more healthy. A true Christian has a kind spirit and wouldn't do
anything to bring reproach on the Christian name. But most of all, it hurts Christ Himself.
Matthew 25 tells us that when we do something good for someone it is as if we have done it for
Christ but that also goes the other way! When we purposefully hurt someone we hurt Jesus. We
should never say anything about anyone we wouldn't say if Jesus were standing beside us and
Jesus is always standing beside us! His love for us is so great, and He expects us
to show the same great love that He has for us to others.
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
I hope the next time you see someone who is perhaps less fortunate than you, you do not
make them an object of ridicule but will be willing to pray for them instead; you never know
what's hiding underneath!
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