Devotions for June 2, 2016

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Romans 2:1-4 (MSG)

Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.

You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Read the Message version today. Radical life change happens when God does what with you?

Q: Do you point the finger at others more than seek out life-change in your own life? Do you feel better about yourself, by comparing the misery of others to the fact that you are “not that bad”?

Q:Do you approach others in love, or in rebuke? Can a gentle touch or correction encourage others in their faith?

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