Men, I was wrestling anger.
My buddy would not reciprocate our friendship. Do you ever get the sense that you're always the one calling, always the one helping, and then thinking that you’re being used?
I was angry with my friend and ready to confront him. Then I “just happened” to read Matthew chapter seven during my daily Bible reading.
“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.” –Matthew 7:5⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
OUCH! The voice of Jesus sounded something like this in my head: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“When was the last time you reciprocated? Why haven’t you asked your Dad about his medical stuff? Why have you not encouraged your sister? She is exhausted raising three kids! When is the last time you called your aunt?”
Ohhh how the words of Jesus cut straight through a sinful heart. They snapped my self-righteous attitude back into humility.
I asked God for forgiveness. I also prayed for my friend. He called one day later and apologized without me having to say anything.
God's Word reminded me to remove the logs of self-righteousness from my own eye. And God pointed me to the logs that matter most–the logs that Jesus carried. The cross.
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” –Galatians 6:14
DO THIS TODAY: Pray for someone who offends you.
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