“No, me first!”

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“The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. And his glory is to overlook a transgression.”Proverbs 19:11

The word discretion here means insight and the word glory refers to being adorned with some type of beautiful attire. When this verse speaks of transgression, the word here means a breach of trust. So, let us rephrase this sentence using the NIV…“Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.”

When asked how many times we should forgive someone, Jesus said “70 times 7.” Jesus’ point here was not a literal 490 times but rather a figurative way of saying indefinitely. One commentator writes, “When a brother wrongs me or sins against me, I should forgive him immediately in my heart (Ephesians 4:32). That frees me from a bitter, unforgiving spirit, and leaves the matter on his shoulders.”

The Lord said, “For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged: and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matt. 7:2) What is He saying here? He is saying to look upon your own life and make changes to yourself instead of looking at what others need to change. We should not tell others how to change, we should ask God to change us instead.

Think about this for a moment! When they nailed Jesus to the cross and were murdering Him, He asked God to forgive them. Would you have done the same? Face it, we want to “kill” someone if they simply cut us off while we are driving. We get furious when someone gets our order wrong at the drive-thru. Is the goal still to be like Christ Jesus and win the lost? Would it not be better to deny ourselves and lay down our anger and self so that others will see the Messiah living in our lives?

God help us to put our pride and ego on the shelf. God help us to stop constantly worrying about our wants, needs and desires and start focusing on Him and all those who are going to hell without Him! May we spend time with God today and allow Him to change our perspective!

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