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Who did you just criticize? The poor and unemployed?

by Theodore Wright.

He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 17:5 (NKJV)


Have you ever criticized the poor? Have you ever made comments or kept inquiring with someone who is unemployed about their state? Well, have you? What happened afterward? When I faced unemployment when I was traveling across the country sharing the gospel. This even came from other believers in Jesus. When this happened, my typical response, after the person would leave, was for me to say “Bad move.”

When I was sharing the gospel across the United States, I could not always stay employed. Also, I was so busy sharing the gospel, I did not even have time to properly search for a new job. Then, a brother in the Lord who was also busy sharing the gospel who was working had criticized me regarding my unemployment. The next day, he lost his job. After that, he knew what he did wrong so he came back to me and apologized. I prayed for him to get a new job which he did get. Time after time this happened to me with others. Result was their own joblessness.

Let me ask you, now? Who have you criticized? Was it someone poor or unemployed? Did you criticize someone whose spouse unjustly left him or her or was it over some other issue you were judgmental? It could even get you in trouble with the Lord if you choose a negative attitude toward someone, speaking with them, who rightly had something bad happen to them to have something similar happen in your own life. Has this ever happened to you?

If so, do you want to know what do? I will tell you, then… REPENT! Realize what you did wrong, bear it up and go to God then go to that person and apologize. Tell them what you did wrong and what happened. Right, that does not sound like a lot of fun. Maybe you have been on the end of matters and been the one criticized, then what you should do is to try to remain cool and wait on God to act. Oh, if you are brought to tears about the matter, they may really have to face some difficult matters! God help them! If you pray for them thoughtfully and considerately they may even repent lest matters might even get much worse for them. This may also make matters easier for yourself.

If you were the critical person, maybe you might feel too shy and embarrassed to apologize to whom you foolishly opened your mouth to. Well, if you don’t mind having to deal with those problems longer than you might want to, then go ahead and stay quiet and privately ashamed of yourself. Hey, you could even lie to yourself and not blame yourself at all. Still, none of that will help you if you don’t get matters right with God and go to your fellow believer for the shame you brought upon him or her.

O.K., you have been told now. So, what are you going to do next?









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