for King & Country: The Overflow – Day 7

Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “for King & Country – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.

Verses

James 1

Devotional

Closing remarks for our last day together. Someone said, ‘bitterness is like swallowing poison and expecting someone else to die’.
From what I’ve found, some of the most central principles of being a Jesus follower are forgiveness and grace. Whenever I hear about ‘brothers and sisters’ not associating with each other due to a disagreement or an argument, it saddens me. It’s a hard pill to swallow [so to speak]. Now, I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I’m right there with the best of them, I’ve sneered at or passed judgment on someone due to what I’ve seen/heard of them. But the foundational issue with passing judgment or being bitter towards another is 1. It grows and spreads like disease. 2. It often times only ends up being detrimental to me.
Our song ‘People Change’ is one I hold close because God knows I’m a work-in-progress and I want/need the forgiveness of those around me at times.
Luke 6:41-42 says, “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? …Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
Let us be a people who hold short accounts…a people who forgive and who forget. Thank God for grace. Thank God people change.
We don’t view ourselves as experts in the the matter of life, but rather we’re fellow travelers. Let us live on purpose and let us live for Someone greater than ourselves. Until we meet again.

Commentary

I have been there as well when I disagreed with someone. I will think about they are wrong and how is it possible they screwed up reading the same Bible as me? Now in some cases this is true as I just read an article about a couple who are swingers and think they are spreading the Gospel by swinging with other couples. Obviously they are way off base. But, then there are others who see the rapture and tribulation differently than I do. I have come to accept and not get upset over people disagreeing when it comes to things that are trivial like the rapture. Whereas foundational issues (Genesis) and the Gospel are plain and clear. I am no expert and I am more than likely wrong about things. As I grow older, I also grow wiser. I learn more and more and realize my old self was an idiot. Little do I realize that in the future I will end up viewing this version of me as one of those old selves.

 

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Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

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