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Topic: Insulted (11/01/04)
TITLE: INSULTED BY HYPOCRISY
By Phyllis Inniss
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I am insulted when people tell me of a fault or faults of other persons who are less blameworthy than they are, especially when they themselves are guilty of the very faults they are criticizing. It was Jesus Himself who said, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eyes”.(Matt.7:5)
I feel insulted, when people treat me, as well as others, with contempt and condescension, because they have a little wealth or hold some position in the society. Generally, these people are unhappy with themselves and nearly always try to take out their grudge on other people. They are always complaining and making those around them miserable. They find fault with everyone and everything and never seem to be satisfied.
If I were given the opportunity, I’d like to show them that their possessions are of less importance than their happiness. The way to happiness is through a close relationship with their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Their contempt for me and anyone else cannot take away the peace and contentment I feel “They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother; nor give to God a ransom for him.” (Ps. 49:6,7)
I feel further insulted if I am blamed for something I did not do (whether I’m mistaken for someone else or not). I get angry when those with their own agenda are willing to shield the guilty and cover up their faults with lame excuses. The wrongdoer looks with arrogance on the innocent and feels safe. God is not to be mocked. He is not only omnipotent, but also omnipresent and omniscient. Whatever is done by the guilty is known to God and will be dealt by Him in His own way and in His own time. The psalmist asked in Psalm l5:2 “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.”
We are our own worst enemies. We keep doing things to each other to hurt and vilify, without seeing how we are really harming ourselves in the long run. Going to church does not always seem to help. We agree with the minister by nodding our heads when he says something that we agree with, but even before we exit the church his sermon is a forgotten memory. A closer look at what we are doing to our fellowman and how it lines up with what God expects of us might lead us in the right direction.
Quotes taken from the Authorized
King James Version
Written by Phyllis Inniss
6th November, 2004