April 23rd – And the Winner Is . . .

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True righteousness is without arrogance. Strength is given in encouragement. He who lifts is better than he who is shown to be right. My Spirit draws the broken; a bruised reed it does not break. It grows what is weak, convicts of the sin, but with gentleness of a loving heart. For He who loves is not quick to condemn, and does not lift himself on the backs of the accused. Love keeps no record of wrong, and does not boast. Protect and do not think yourself better than another, in knowledge nor holiness. I ask more of those more gifted, and less of those bare. You do not know My expectations of either. You are not greater for winning, for it is My arm that strengthens you. Condemn not your brother, and take no pride in your strength over him. I alone am judge, and it will not be one to another, but of the heart you alone carry.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 – If I could speak all the languages of the earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Bottom Line:  Winning, being right, becoming number one, getting that title or promotion – these things cannot only make us more money, but can cause us to believe that we are better than others. And our culture, even among Christians, can reinforce that. These things are not God’s measuring stick. In His eyes it is more important that we encourage and support, rather that prove ourselves superior. It can be a temptation for us all, so be aware, His Word works best through us, when we are humble.

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