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02/16/2017

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What If You Are The Target


"While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked the disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners'?" (Matt.9:10-11).

The setting of today's verses is clearly explained, as Jesus is in the home of Matthew. To put your mind at ease, this is the Matthew who not only wrote this gospel, but was one of Jesus' disciples. As we read verses 9-13, we are able to get the entire context. We can take comfort that even Jesus, who was sinless, could not escape the censure of faultfinders... After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He reminded them of this; "I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him..." (Jn.13:16). With the last devotional in a series about faultfinders, we come to an obvious possibility. What do we do if we become the victim or target of the unjust criticisms of a faultfinder? There is always the sage advice of a few respected men of American history to follow. Ben Franklin said this; "Be sure you are right and go ahead..." Here are the words of Abraham Lincoln; "I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." The best advice I can offer if you become a target is this... Profit from the criticism, even though it was intended to hurt rather than help. The words of the apostle Peter sum it up for us... "But do this with a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your behavior may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil" (1 Pet.3:16-17).

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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