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Monday, 16 April 2018 13:50

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

The internet can provide us any form of information, and even only in our fingerstips. I browsed a video in YouTube two days ago. By random I picked a recorded program of a guy, who is a renowned international teacher and whom I have also loved to follow all these years. But I cannot somehow believe to what I heard! Out from his lips, he attacked another teacher and openly criticized his work. It shocked me awfully!

I didn’t like it. The latter is also a teacher, whose philosophies in life I regularly follow. His tenets are simple and are biblically sound. My system could hardly believe that a good man attacked another good man. It was a sort of cannibalism, by analogy. Thoughts streamed in my mind that the reason behind it could be ordinary jealousy!

The latter is an admitted better teacher and has more followers. He even has an international TV program and has millions of viewers all over the world. But candidly, I really do not know the exact answer. Well, the former’s criticism after all is a personal one, and he is also entitled to his own opinion.

But listen, if such attitude may continue or worse even propagate, our world will remain to be divided! So long as crab mentality shall continue to exist, no real unity may come to earth. God wants us all to succeed. Thus, never envy another’s success, because yours will also come anytime soon—if not today, tomorrow or some other day. Our Father is a good God and He is just to deal us fairly.

It behooves us to mind our own journey and business. What if we busy to criticize the weaknesses of others but fail instead to notice our worse personal weaknesses. In fact, the Lord said not to judge; to judge others is SIN. After all, we are not born in this world to be a judge to our fellow men. But sure, all of us are brothers’ keepers one to the other One cannot force his fellow to hibernate and to become a clone to himself. emember, all of us are created by God unique. No two persons are the same. Every human being is one-of-a-kind masterpiece of God. By opinion, it is foolishness to compel your fellowmen to become like you.

Your style is your own; under heaven you are entitled to keep those and exploit your assets to improve more your gifts, of course as to give God the sole glory. However, with regards to others’ styles, such are theirs too. So that, when you may begin to speak against them, they are already wrong. Would you insist, it can reveal the true nature of your heart, which may be a plain jealousy or a useless envy. Only God can judge all our works. Yes, the Creator tests our labors. The Holy Scripture uses the description of fire.

“Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. IF ANYONE’S WORK IS BURNED UP, HE WILL SUFFER LOSS, THOUGH HE HIMSELF WILL BE SAVED, BUT ONLY AS THROUGH FIRE.” (1 Cor. 3:13-15, ESV)

When you see someone attacks another, do not be discouraged soon. Give rather the same man the benefit of the doubt. He too is also learning. The best that you can do is to pray for him, so that he may later appreciate the work of his fellow man. The Lord Jesus said, “For whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mk. 9:40, ESV)

Hypocrisy is a serious disease. It eats its victim gradually. It was the very disease which destroyed the sect of the Pharisee, during the Biblical times. Pharisees were extremely religious and have huge knowledge about God’s Word. But instead of using them to follow the will of God, they employ God’s commands to justify their own human doctrines, and thus defeating genuine godliness.

Do you know that the same spirit is still alive and pretty active today? To judge another man, because he is not like you, is an actual hypocrisy. Let’s work our own plots and grow their crops, so to speak. Do not touch another field. Allow instead your neighbor to apply his own creativity and unique wisdom to progress his own possession. After all, your personal job is to prove your own capacity and not of others.

True love—which is the love of God, honors others and not to destroy them. King Solomon scribbled in Proverbs to distinguish wisdom and foolishness, “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” (Prov. 14:1, ESV) You and I can follow the path of wisdom, to turn away from the ugliness of foolishness. How? By building others and not tearing them down. Ain’t it? God bless you.