Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Criticism vs. Edification
Yes, I'm criticising criticism and critical hearts ~
for edification purposes?

Eph 4:29
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

At a recent event there was a bit of grumbling about how married couples sometimes get too "cozy" at church. (hugging, rubbing backs etc) And while yes, I have to agree…’s not the time nor place to be all caught up in PDA – still, we never know what is going on with THEM….like - what if the wife just miscarried and the husband knows she’s sensitive to hearing the word from the pulpit about trusting the Lord in tough things ??! (Praise the LORD for Husbands who tenderly care for their wives as Christ does for us, His bride)

Honestly….if we’re focusing on the Lord and resting in Him, there shouldn't be anything that other Saints can do to us or around us that should rock our hearts and distract us.........
***Please know that I completely understand being distracted at church by the exact things that they were talking about.....but I truly believe that the problem lies NOT with the affectionate couple -but with ME - and MY heart before the Lord -
I get my thoughts about that by reading things like this:

God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.
The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God.”
~ Oswald Chambers


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