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Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

  • Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. Romans 2:1 WEB

    The congregation grew silent as the elder finished his speech on judging others. He told us that each time that he had looked at another's mistakes and said 'I would never do that', that later he found himself doing just that.

    He was now in his late seventies, and he said that he thought that he had completed his list. Everything that he had said that he would never ever do, he had ended up doing. Admittedly, he was considerably ahead of those of us who were still working on it.

    It took me a long time to learn that what I so hated in others, was often because they were a mirror of what was in me. It amazes me how righteous we can feel while looking down on someone else. Every time that I have placed myself above someone else's sin, what they had came to visit my own house.

    Save yourself loads of embarrassment and laps around the mountain by biting your tongue before you say anything bad about what someone else is doing. Let God correct the sin in peoples lives. If you have to correct someone, do it in the kindest possible way. Help them get up and restore them. Picture yourself in their shoes because you are capable of the same thing.

    Prayer: Father I pray that You help me see past the mistakes of others. Fill me with Your love and let me restore those that have lost their way. Give me words of wisdom and the right attitude so that I can be a help, and not a hindrance, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning and happy Monday! For those who have not seen it, the "Spiritually Single" group has been hosting an ongoing event called "Fast & Pray Friday". This would be a good place to contend for your pre-believer relatives. The fast is only for a single meal, so not too difficult. We truly believe in the power of prayer and fasting, so encourage you to join in!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Lord! 
January 4, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Oh boy isn't that a touchy subject! No one really wants to see that mirror! I have experienced this mirror reflection of what is in me too many times and I agree, it is wise to bite your tounge and save embarrassment! And I have bit my tounge but I would still feel "it" wheather I said "it" or not which would equally convict me in my heart! So it's wiser for me to not even think "it" ;) Oh but if I could only be that wise! My foolish, prideful mind thinks of a boat load of things agaist my offender only to realize I'm sporting many of those same issues! Oops convicted again! It's comforting (& slightly unnerving, & most definately humbling) to know when I catch myself judging he is reminding me I might want to rethink the harshest of judements and try on some love & mercy on! Thank you Pastor Dion! Great food for thought to start my morning in a positive light :) Blessings to you and Sylvia <3   Pastor's Prayer: Father I pray that You help me see past the mistakes of others. Fill me with Your love and let me restore those that have lost their way. Give me words of wisdom and the right attitude so that I can be a help, and not a hindrance, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
January 4, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen and amen, Dianna, for all of us <3!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, may I too have the wisdom I need and the right attitude I need to help others. 
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Thank you God for your words of encouragement this day amen
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
January 4, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb Thank you for this word from God, Pastor Dion. Working through this very issue ... The Lord is faithful in His teaching me. 
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, thank God for timely words!
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer Amen!! What a great message and reminder on a Monday as many of us are returning to work from  the Christmas break. May God bless each of us with wisdom to be a help and not a hindrance. Amen.
January 4, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Samantha! As Christians, there are always people who have an eye on us, so I pray that He gives us all wisdom and restraint!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, may I strive always to help others and not hinder them in their walk with Jesus. 
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Amen
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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson Amen!  
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen! If you have nevver walked in their shoes you don't know how they feel, And the tongue can do so much damage. It is always best to wait for God to give you the words to say, if this is what God wants you to do. Very good devotion, pastor Dion.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Exactly right, Twila, amen!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, Twila.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! God has spoken to me years ago and told me to never listen to gossip or endulge in it because no one can understand the behavior of another . You would have to be a witness to everything in their life to understand what brought them to be what they are. Everyone has a story inside themeselves that only our Abba Father knows. The most unlikeable, sand paper people have deep scars and hurts in their lives. The only thing that can bring a heart condition change to these people is God working through us by way of our showing them love and our prayers for them. Love covers a multitude of sins and can soften the harshest souls.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Great wisdom, Carol, amen!
January 4, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli You are so right Carol.  We are all sinners and have fallen short.
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, beautifully said. God bless you.
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze great advice!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin The old saying works pretty well!! If you don't have anything good to say......say nothing at all !! Amen!!
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Amen!!
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Yes ma'am, amen!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Amen! Lots of food for thought. Thank you Pastor Dion. 
January 4, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Dorene and I have been talking about this subject the last several days. It's so easy sometimes to just say whatever pops into your head. Personally, I have missed "The Mark" so many times, that I have become much less willing to weigh in on someone else's shortcomings. The old adage, "There, but for The Grace of God go I" is always Front and Center. Love covers a multitude of Sin. Amen.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, brother! I cringe when thinking of the things we judge others about vs the way God sees our own flaws!
January 4, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Sometimes it is tempting to play God and scold others, but most times I'd rather let God do His own job. He's much better at it than I am!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member May, I never judge others, may I only have kind and loving words to say about others. God is so good to me. Thank You Jesus for loving me so much.
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez You are right Tamara, i feel that in your words and prayers, thank you and thanks Jesus
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord This is something I still have to work at each day. Thank you dear Lord for your love and understanding. I am a work in progress.
January 4, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.For give us for our foolish ways,and falling short in our thoughts and speaking about others,especially when we have been hurt by them.Help us walk in the way that Jesus showed us when he was here on earth,and to abide in your word.Thank you Father for your forgiveness, and that you turn our weakness into an opportunity to change our thoughts and ways..Lord I ask you to place a Century at the entrance of my mouth ,when I am temped to speak the wrong words,and help me to change my attertuides .In the name of Jesus I pray.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Wow another very timely devotional I'm begining to expect it lol, Thank you pastor Dion for your awesome honesty it's very refreshing in todays world of fakes it seems people think we learn from anothers success' but in reallty we learn alot more from our failures. So again thank you for your complete openess and honesty I have watched you for awhile now sir and what I see is a very humble man who has amasing HONOR God Bless you pastor for I could not learn from you any other way, please keep up your hard work its paying off. Sincerely Scott Riegelmann.
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen this message is so True
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
January 5, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord Help me to have the right attitude.
January 5, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 5, 2016
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Carletheia Linnen
Carletheia Linnen Awesome, powerful message...Amen!!!
January 11, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you..getting around to catching up on some devotions I have missed.  Plenty missed.  This reading is good inventory.  The rest of my life.  Romans 7:15.
January 11, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great for my whole life.  Romans 7:15
January 11, 2016