Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Today's readings: Jer 35:1-36:32, 1 Tim 5:1-25, Psalm 89:14-37, Prov 25:25-27
Paul says something really interesting today. He says "The sins of some people are obvious... but there are other sins that will not be revealed until later... in the same way, the good deeds of some are obvious... but the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light."
This is, of course, a great argument for being patient and kind to one another. How often are we rude, short, and unpleasant to one another... but if we KNEW what was going on in the other person's life, we would be so much kinder to them?
I suspect that in the final reckoning, there will be a great many times that the phrase, "If I'd only known!" will find a place.
Let's treat each other with the kindness, respect, dignity, patience, and love that presupposes these things. Let's give each other the benefit of the doubt.
After all, one day our good deeds will come to light. And so will our sins.
Thank You, God, for teaching us patience and love.