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Sharks in Suits

  • Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Galatians 6:1 WEB

    We all make mistakes and not one of us down here has lived a perfect life except for Jesus. Yet we tend to compare our righteousness to others. Sometimes we feel like: 'Though we all fall short, I am still closer than them.' We all need Jesus because our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Maybe our rag is not quite as dirty as someone else's, but it is still a rag and not a wedding veil.

    When a shark is injured in the wild, their own friends and family may turn on them. This is the way that sharks behave when there is blood in the water. A feeding frenzy takes place, and they devour them with their mouths.

    Often when a Christian stumbles, the pack turns on them and starts ripping them to shreds by gossip. Somehow we feel better about ourselves by making them look bad. Maybe our righteousness is now bumped up to a 4 because we don't even do that, yet. That 'yet' word is the difficult part.

    'But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her.' Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last' (John 8:6'9).

    I find it interesting that when faced with condemning another of sin, the oldest left first. I once heard an elder at our church in his mid seventies say one morning, that everything that he had said that he would never do, he had gone back and done. As I get older, I can relate.

    When I was young and cocky, knowing very little, I thought that I knew a lot. Then as life happened, I learned what you are really capable of doing when given the right set of circumstances. That sin that so easily besets us is always lurking right around the corner (Hebrews 12:1). It crouches outside your door seeking entrance into your life (Genesis 4:7). I believe that as you get older and your pile of sin gets even bigger, that you become a little more understanding when people fall. Thus the oldest left first.

    Face it, we have all fallen short in the sin area, and it only takes one sin to be guilty of the whole law (James 2:10). Without the forgiveness provided through the Lord Jesus, we are all lost. Most of the time people do not need you to tell them that they have fallen, they already know that, and better than you. They need you to help them back up.

    If you are down right now, know that the Lord Jesus died for you so that you may have eternal life and that the past can be wiped away with a simple prayer.

    If you know someone today that has fallen, be kind to them. If the Lord has already forgiven them, who are we to point at their past. Help restore them, and in doing so, you may not have to walk a mile in their shoes.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You do in my life. Help me see the lost and hurting through Your eyes. Fill me with Your compassion. Help me show mercy, as I have been shown mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: June 22, 2017

We all need the Christian Bar of Soap:

1 John 1:9

June 22, 2017
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Lucille Uncapher
Lucille Uncapher

Amen

June 22, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

This is a very good subject, when I was in the Army, we had a saying. "No one gets left behind!" Now as a Christian, we are suppose to be a part of God's Army, but it seems to me that this is the only Army in the world that shoots it's own wounded. I do wonder how that can be when Jesus said they will know that we are His deciples because we LOVE each other?

June 22, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

I've wondered at that myself, Jim. If we could all only see God's people through His eyes <3.

June 22, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

For those who may have missed Dion's post, we had server crash this morning from a backup process. Dion has fixed it and, Lord willing, it will not happen again :).

June 22, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

June 22, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

June 22, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amen

June 22, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen, we all are sinners and no matter how hard we try to change that fact, we will all continue to sin until we die. Never should we judge another for a sin is a sin to our Abba Father. Just because they sin differently makes our sins no less.

June 22, 2017
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Lucille Uncapher
Lucille Uncapher

Amen

June 22, 2017
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Gina Blakey
Gina Blakey

So true!  

June 22, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen,we are all sinners. 

June 22, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for all that you do in my life. Help me see the lost and hurting Through Your Eyes. Fill me with your compassion. Help me show Mercy, as I have been shown Mercy, In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

June 22, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Amen amen amen. Thank you Pastor Todd !!!!!!!! You are the best!! Through Jesus of course!!

June 22, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Jesus. 

June 22, 2017
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas

AMEN!! Thank you Pastor Dion for the reminder that our God always has our back. He is a Awesome God!!

June 22, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: June 23, 2017

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You do in my life. Help me see the lost and hurting through Your eyes. Fill me with Your compassion. Help me show mercy, as I have been shown mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for your devotion. Blessings! :-)

June 23, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You do in my life. Help me see the lost and hurting through Your eyes. Fill me with Your compassion. Help me show mercy, as I have been shown mercy, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

June 23, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen Truth all I could do is cry while reading this truth!

June 23, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen and thank you...

June 24, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Faher forgive me for the times I have found it hard to love even members of my family with unconditional love.Thank you for your word when we are reminded that Jesus Christ died for sinners and we all fall short  of The Glory of God.He hates the sin but loves the sinner.Thank You  for teaching me and letting me see them as you see them,and giving me unconditional love and compassion towards them by your Grace and Mercy. Thank you for reminding me that each person is your creation and needs prayer  not judgement.I just want to thank you Heavenly Father for giving me a change of heart, and all that you are doing in my life. Thank you Pastor for this devotion and prayer.

June 25, 2017