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Double Standards

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When we don't feel like attending the worship assembly, we're "too tired"; but when others feel the same way, they're weak and unspiritual.

When we withhold encouragement from the elders and the preacher it's because we want to "keep them humble"; when others withhold support and encouragement from us, they're "ungrateful."

When we provide substantially for our future, we're just being prudent; when others do, they're "laying up treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt."

When we're not asked to teach a Bible class it's because our worth hasn't been recognized; when someone else isn't asked it's because they are not qualified.

When our children misbehave it's because "they're just children!" When someone else's child misbehaves it's because he hasn't been trained properly.

When we use makeup it's because we want to look "natural"; when someone else uses it, they're being worldly.

When we serve a lavish luncheon it's because we want to "share the good things the Lord has given us"; when someone else does so, she's "making a big show."

When my husband buys me jewelry he's "expressing his love for me"; when someone else's husband buys something special for his wife, he's "going overboard."

When we're so busy with church duties we don't have time for our families, we are "redeeming the time"; when someone else does it, they're "spreading themselves too thin."

When we neglect to send a birthday card or thank you note, it's because we're busy about the Lord's business. When someone neglects us, they're not being thoughtful.

When we're having tribulations we know its because the Lord is strengthening our faith; but when someone else is facing the adversities, it may be that the Lord is "punishing" them.

We are often apt to condone in ourselves the actions we condemn in others. Why? I suppose it's because we're reluctant to believe anything but the best of our own intentions and eager to believe the worst of our brothers and sisters in Christ...a matter of the sin of pride (Proverbs 16:18; 1 John 2:15-17). When we find ourselves making inappropriate judgments of others, let us remember the words of our Lord, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them..." (Matthew 7:12).

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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