Beware the “buts” of life. They are dangerous.

“You know I really love Larry, but he’s too smart for his own good.” Or…

“You know Tony is a great teacher, but he uses the NLT instead of the KJV in class.” Or…

“Jana does a great job keeping all of the records of the Institute, but she made a mistake on my grades.” Or…

“I love the ‘Seeds,’ but wish they used a different, larger sized print.” Or…

And the list goes on.

We use “buts” to hide our true feelings and intentions. We speak the truth and then try to cover it up so others will think we are tentative, thoughtful and want to give the other the benefit of the doubt. In other words, we want it both ways so we won’t be convicted of our true position or feelings.

“A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.”  In other words, the rich is unable to see himself for all the good things he is doing. He is unaware of his inadequacies, his deceit, his taking advantage of others, even his greed. Perhaps refuses to recognize might be a better way to put it than unaware.

What is more important than the words we use to describe others is the fact that we are more likely to see the faults and failures in others than the flaws and failures in ourselves. We must look inward not outward.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to look at ourselves in light of Your Word and correct ourselves before we try to correct others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 28:11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

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