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Sharks That Wear 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

    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), and all liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). Without the forgiveness provided through the Lord Jesus, we are all hopelessly 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, and on course.

    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.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for forgiving me, Help me to be forgiving and kind to others, I need you Jehovah in Jesus’s name Amen ❤️
December 22, 2018
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby AMEN
December 22, 2018
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

December 22, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 22, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,help us to help others.

December 22, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I have often said the Army of Christ is the only Army I know of that shoots it's own wounded. Sometimes I can hardly wait until Jesus comes back so that we can know what He really expects from us.

December 22, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, well said.

December 22, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Help me to be strong  in jesus  name  amen 

December 22, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

December 22, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Heavenly Father, help me to be a blessing to others, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

December 22, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

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. Yes Please!! Amen ~ Thank you

December 22, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 22, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen!  Good devotional.  I have been guilty.  Thank you Lord for forgiving me.  Amen!

December 22, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for forgiving me my sins! Help me to forgive others as well, Amen.

December 22, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father forgive my sins, help me to forgive as You have forgiven me. That when I see the fallen I 'll be ready to help them,in the  name of Jesus I pray  Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for reminding us Jesus heals. God bless.

December 22, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! We ALL STUMBLE not one of us hasn’t, and its easy to criticize others when they do. We should not, we can be uplifting, supportive, we can pray for those who have. And we should. This was a good reminder Pastor Dion. God Bless You All 

December 22, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, we are all a work in progress <3!

December 22, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 22, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!!!

 

December 22, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 22, 2018