Scripture in the Morning #185
A new quote to assess for this fine day. It comes to us from Charles Spurgeon…
“He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.”
The point here from Spurgeon is that we need to recognize just how much we sin and how amazing God’s grace in Christ is. If we do this – if we understand just how sinful we are – then we will wildly adjust our expectations of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead of expecting to be treated well – instead of expecting and basically demanding that others be kind and caring towards us – we will lower the expectation and expect that others will be self serving – just like us.
When we do this, when we expect to be ill treated (or, at least, not treated wonderfully), then we will rejoice and appreciate whenever we are actually treated well. When we have this mind-set, we will not be demanding, we will be far more appreciative of any good treatment and we will never be disappointed. More importantly, if we think like this, we will be Biblical.
Cub fans (of the hapless Chicago Cubs baseball team) may understand this principle somewhat. We expect to lose and, when we lose, we are in no way disappointed. We appreciate just being in the game. Then, when we win – unexpectedly – it is a wonderful time to celebrate, because it is so much better than expected. Yankee fans – followers of a team that almost always wins – often do not celebrate championships b/c that is what they expected. Anything short of a championship is a cause for disappointment. So…
Real expectations – that sinners will sin and that we should expect such – is healthy and reasonable for us — and fair for others.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
We should each pray that the Lord move us to overlook the faults of others. May the Lord remove from us our demandingness towards others. And finally, may the Lord give us thankful hearts for anything positive we do, in fact, receive.