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Monday, September 17, 2007

Honey or Vinegar

The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He quoted the book of Samuel: “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
“These jars came from the same factory, were made form the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different,” he explained.
hen, he upset one, and it oozed out honey. He turned over the other, and vinegar spilled out. “When a jar is upset, whatever is in it comes out. Until the jars were upset, they looked alike. The difference was within, and could not be revealed. Until we are upset, we put on a good front. But when we are upset, we reveal our innermost thoughts and attitudes, for 'out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.' (Luke)”
What if someone tipped you over today? What would flow out? Would you reveal the 'honey' of grace and patience or the 'vinegar' of anger and sarcasm?
Have a terrific day, knowing that the one who upsets you may be just looking for some honey!"
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