Sunday, August 25, 2019

Daily Devotion: Consistency

Bible Reading: Matthew 7:1-12

Key Verse: Verse 3 – “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Key Words: considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye

Years ago I had a college professor who told me, “As a pastor the most frustrating thing you will deal with is not the finances, the lack of faithfulness, or even the deacons. It will be the consistency of people who can see others’ faults and sins and never see their own. They will see the sin of another and then go and tell others what they’ve heard or seen, and never realize that their gossip is just as sinful as what they saw or heard.”

In 1991, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on dieting conducted by Dr. Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University. This research was based on thirty-two years of follow-up study on 5,127 men and women. Dr. Brownell and his associates discovered it is more hazardous to yo-yo diet than to stay consistently overweight. The study found that the risk of dying from heart disease is about 70% higher in those with fluctuating weight than in those whose weight stays reasonably the same. Spiritual inconsistency is equally destructive. The inconsistency in our spiritual discernment to see that our “talk” (gossip) is as equally sinful as what others may be doing.

You know, the professor was right. People seeing others’ faults and being blind to their own is not only frustrating, it’s just plain sinful!

What to do:
✞ If you’re talking about someone else’s faults, then you just found your own.

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