Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner. (James 5:9, The Message)

I love The Message version of this scripture. I know from experience that we can be so hard on people, especially on the ones we love the most. God is so merciful and forgives us for doing this time and time again. We are far from perfect vessels and yet God chooses to use us every day. Let us try our best to be good examples to both non-Christians and to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the conviction you provide to us when we step out of line. Help us to keep Christ in the center of all that we say and do. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays


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