Our Reflection (Matthew 7:1)

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For some reason, it is easier to jump to negative conclusion about people than it is to assume the best about them. When we do this, we ascribe to them bad intentions and evil purposes that may not be true. We also reveal something about ourselves, for the faults we see in others are usually a reflection of our own.

Bishop Potter “was sailing for Europe on one of the great Atlantic Ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser’s desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship’s safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, ‘It’s all right, Bishop, I’ll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason. (H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth).

We need to make sure we have all the facts before we speak and guard ourselves against making snap judgments about people. The standards we use to judge others will be used to judge us. – Dave C. Egner

It is much easier to be critical that to be correct. – Disraeli
– August 4, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread

 

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