Why Do We Try to Pull Down People?

How like many who attend church each Sunday and call themselves disciples. Whenever they hear of someone being promoted or another, who receives an unusual gift or special recognition for a job for serving the Lord or a reward for their performance at work, they are unable to rejoice with the one whom God has blessed. They look for reasons to pull that one down. How sad that gossip, jealousy and envy rule!

KEEP EM DOWN!

Michael Guido

By Michael Guido / Metter Georgia / Now in Heaven
A group of tourists was strolling along the ocean front when they saw a group of young boys catching crabs.
They became curious when they saw that the basket they placed the captured crabs in had no top. As a crab was being placed into the basket one of the men said, You d better cover the basket or all of the crabs will climb out!
Oh no, sir, said one of the boys. That ll never happen. If one of them tries to climb out the others will pull him down.
How like many who attend church each Sunday and call themselves disciples. Whenever they hear of someone being promoted or another, who receives an unusual gift or special recognition for a job for serving the Lord or a reward for their performance at work, they are unable to rejoice with the one whom God has blessed. They look for reasons to pull that one down. How sad that gossip, jealousy and envy rule!
Paul wrote that Love is not jealous! In other words, if I truly love others as God wants me to love them I do not become jealous when God blesses them. Instead, I rejoice at His goodness to them. Whatever we have or what others have comes from God. They are His blessings.
The love that Paul writes about is not a natural love. It is a God-love that comes from Christ dwelling in us. Only as we surrender to Him will we live His love and others will see Him in the way we live.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to rejoice when You bless others and give sincere thanks when You honor us. Fill our hearts with so much love that we will rejoice and be glad. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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