Fresh Hope – 2nd July 2016

One of the golden rules that I try to live my life by, is to always believe the best about someone.

There’s a great nugget of advice in the Bible that says this…

James 1:19 ‘…everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…’

If we’re honest we apply that verse every day…but in reverse order.

We start with anger and judgment and then end up going quiet when the damage has already been done.

Be careful and slow to judge people based on the little you know and see, as if that’s all there is to know and see. Bear in mind that you usually don’t know the full story and therefore it’s not for you to comment as though you had some special inside information.

We live in an age of armchair judges, who pass judgment about things they know nothing about, fuelled by ‘trial by media’.

It’s only ever a few that really know the story behind a person’s life and that information grants them a level of insight and empathy that all others are exempt from, therefore keep yourself pure and away from things that you should be very slow to speak about, if at all.

Let’s make a fresh decision today to be slow to speak and quick to listen.

Matthew 7:1-2 ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’

Pastor Mark

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