The reference for today’s devotional is from “God in the Dock-The Trouble with “X”” by C.S.Lewis. He explains that when all external factors are taken into account regarding happiness it all depends on the character of the other person whether it be a spouse, mate, family member, coworker, boss, landlord, cashier, pharmacist, physician, banker, etc…and then knowing you can’t nor have the power to alter the character of others. It is, or rather it seems easy to point out the flaws in the character of others, all the while ignoring and denying any and all faults of our own. The more we pursue to be more like God, imitating the character of God, we will recognize the pitfalls of judging the character of others because we are in the pursuit of being Christlike. Everyone you meet is fighting their own battles that we may never see, extend grace and mercy to them just as God gives both freely to you. Even in our darkest days we can be lifted up by God’s Everlasting love.
Jude 1:21-24 “…keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— ”
Psalm 25:8-11 “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.”
~Blessings and Peace~