One Atlanta woman experienced a very disturbing start to her morning on a daily basis. She used a prominent child care facility in which the director of the facility appeared to be very discriminating. The director would speak cheerfully to other patrons who walked into the facility, but not to her. In fact the director would even roll her eyes, and limit or avoid interactions with her. The woman would be stirred to lash out, but resisted each time. She would be equally tempted to ignore the director and stoop to her level.
April 16, 2010
One day after this instance happened yet again, the woman walked away feeling powerful because she remembered a scripture about judgment: Matthew 7:2 says, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
How many times have you felt like this woman? How many times have you acted on the impulse to lash out in anger? Have you judged your situations with sobriety lately? According to the Bible, it is not necessarily the person you think in the wrong.
When Jesus was asked about marriage at the resurrection in Mark 12:24, he made this comment: “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” Jesus' reply is true for any situation we encounter.
People who do not know scripture can be expected to act in ignorance, yet they are still accountable to God. People who do know scripture have the same accountability, but unless there is belief in God’s power to work through them by doing what he commands, the deed will be as fruitless as the non-believer. Knowledge and faith are a package deal in order to overcome the judgmental errors made on a daily basis.
The decision to play on level ground or elevated ground is ours. By faith, the woman at the childcare decided to elevate her game by doing what is right even when she feels wronged. The woman decided for herself based on the power of God that she was not going to give away her positive energy or try to demand the director to be cordial to her. She believed in the fulfillment of the scripture that the director would get back what she dished out. Examine your spiritual knowledge and faith today. Ask yourself what ground will you play on now - level or elevated?