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Smoothing the Way

Matthew 7:3 “Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own?

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Okay. It’s time for some straight shooting today on relationships –specifically, your relationship with the people who drive you nutty. The ones you see coming and straight away, you have your back up. Those ones!

You and I have the capacity to behave incredibly immaturely sometimes. So, we run into someone we know and that same weakness of theirs gets under our skin, again! Instead of anticipating it and making allowances for it, we just run headlong into it, again.

And each time we angrily think to ourselves, “Can’t they just sort themselves out?!” We behave as though we’re perfect and they aren’t. Would it surprise you to know that your weaknesses get under other people’s skin too? That’s something that we don’t like to think about too much is it?! We huff, and we puff, and yet we know that we have weaknesses too.

Matthew 7:3 “Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own?

Look, each person on the planet is a package deal of strengths and weaknesses; abilities and limitations.

When we accept them for what they are, love them just the way they are, life gets a whole bunch easier all of a sudden. And if the members of a sporting team can play to one another’s strengths and compensate for each other limitations, what exactly is wrong with us, that we can’t do the same?

You can do things I can’t. I can do things you can’t. So, we can either sit there and point out one another’s weaknesses or we can get on with it and play to one another’s strengths.

Which will it be?

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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