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1076th -- The Humps We See In Others


There are many moments in life where we become judgmental of others for 
things they did either real or imagined. We like to judge others because 
we place ourselves on a higher pedestal thinking that we are better than 
them or that we could never do what they did. What we must quickly 
realize is that we are all flawed human beings who have all fallen short 
at one time or another. Not one of us will ever be perfect and found not 
wanting. We are going to falter and fail at one time or another and we 
must realize that our imperfections should make us have compassion upon 
those who are struggling in their life. Instead of judging, condemning 
and pointing fingers, we should be encouraging, forgiving, welcoming and 
acknowledging that their imperfections don't have to define them forever. 
A new beginning is always available with God and if He is willing to 
forgive people of their trespasses, we must also extend our forgiveness 
and welcome them in with open arms.
(Matthew 6:14-15) (Luke 6:37) (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

We can never be judges over others because while we have one finger 
pointing at them, we have three fingers pointing back at us. The Lord 
Jesus told the woman who was caught in the act of adultery “Where are your 
accusers? Go and sin no more.” The Lord is gracious, merciful, forgiving 
and willing to redeem, set free and make anew every soul that calls upon 
the Name of the Lord. He sees every sin, every iniquity and every 
shortfall and yet still He says “Come unto me and I will give you rest.” 
The Lord Jesus is our example and we must follow in His footsteps. If He 
forgives then so should we. If He offers grace and mercy then so should 
we. If He welcomes all who come to Him then so should we. We are God's
stewards on the earth. We must be encouraging and not condemning, we must 
be willing to forgive and not cast away, we must be filled with love and 
put away all hate. (John 8:3-11) (Matthew 11:28) (John 13:15-17)

Just as the Lord Jesus did while He was on the earth so must we do. Be 
encouraged to see where you might be able to improve on how you interact 
with others. Are you quick to judge? Are you quick to condemn? Do you 
place yourself on a higher pedestal than others? Answering these simple 
questions can help us to reevaluate both how we are carrying ourselves and 
how we are being perceived by others. Let us change our ways if need be 
and let us be the people that God wishes for us to be. Hold love as the 
centerpiece of your being and be quick to always lift others up showing 
them the good that they possess within themselves.
(Luke 6:31-36) (1 John 4:7-8) (1 Peter 3:8-12)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be quick in 
forgiving, accepting and loving those who are having a difficult time in 
their life.


I don't know about you, but I don't spend a great deal of time worrying 
about how I appear to other people. I know I'm not perfect. Far from it. 
But I figure that there is an upside to my own flaws, faults and 
imperfections: for one thing, they seem to bring joy to others. Maybe 
that's reason enough not to over-polish.

Or maybe it's just that I underestimate the seriousness of my own 
shortcomings. I might be like the man who was driving a car with a bumper 
sticker that read, “Hang up and drive.” A police officer was pleased to 
spot the sticker, as she had witnessed too many accidents caused by 
motorists talking on cell phones. Wanting to signal her approval to the 
driver, she pulled up alongside the car. But when she glanced over, she 
was dismayed to see him peering into his rear-view mirror and shaving. At 
least he wasn't talking on his mobile phone.

Maybe it is just easier to spot the flaws in others. It's like the camel. 
An African proverb states, “The camel never sees its own hump, but that of 
its brother is always before its eyes.” I probably don't see my own humps 
very clearly. Or, as writer Margaret Halsey once said, “Whenever I dwell 
for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to 
seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the 
staring defects in other people's characters.”

So I can appreciate the story of an elderly couple who, while on an 
automobile trip, stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. The woman 
left her eye glasses on the table, but didn't miss them until they were 
back on the highway. And, of course, it was difficult to turn around by 
then. Her husband fussed and complained all the way back to the restaurant 
about her “always leaving her glasses” behind. They finally arrived, and 
as the woman got out of the car to retrieve her glasses, the old man said, 
“While you're in there, you may as well get my hat, too.”

Psychologist Carl Jung puts a powerful spin on this phenomenon of seeing 
other's faults more clearly than our own. He teaches that “everything that 
irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” 
Or, put another way, the humps we can't help but seeing in others are a 
lot like the humps others see in us. Or, perhaps they are like the humps 
we see in ourselves.

So, what would happen if we'd look at other people's faults and humps as a 
gift? After all, they're teaching us about ourselves.

And that's what makes us different from camels.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

John 13:13-17 The Lord Jesus declares
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye 
say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your 
feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an 
example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say 
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is 
sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye 
if ye do them.”

Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who 
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness 
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy 
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

Proverbs 17:9 “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that 
repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”

1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not 
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, 
that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but 
that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

I encouraged you to also read all of James chapter 2, where James explains 
how we are to treat one another and not look at the physical aspects of life.

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today’s Selected Poem: ETERNAL INK
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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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