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Grace Note for October 8, 2015

Grace Note for September 8, 2015
The English author, C. S. Lewis, points out that when people become Christians, if they are not careful, their sinning often shifts from the overt, outward, visible sins of lying, cheating, stealing, cursing and swearing, to the more inward, hidden, non-apparent invisible ones ... and among them he lists “a critical spirit” ... a spirit of judgmentalism, a nitpicking attitude. In fact, Lewis points out that this sin is one of transgressions which is more commonly committed by church people than by those who are not. So prevalent is it in churchly circles, that it is sometimes labeled “Christian cruelty.”

Jesus had a lot to say about this but what better than these words, in Matthew 7:1-4
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me remove the speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?”

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