Daily Strength

Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister.

Rom 14:13 NET

Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in.”

Luke 11:52 NET

My mind was ruffled with small cares to-day,

And I said pettish words, and did not keep

Long-suffering patience well, and now how deep

My trouble for this sin! in vain I weep

For foolish words I never can unsay.

H. S. SUTTON

A vexation arises, and our expressions of impatience hinder others from taking it patiently. Disappointment, ailment, or even weather depresses us; and our look or tone of depression hinders others from maintaining a cheerful and thankful spirit. We say an unkind thing, and another is hindered in learning the holy lesson of charity that thinketh no evil. We say a provoking thing, and our sister or brother is hindered in that day’s effort to be meek. How sadly, too, we may hinder without word or act! For wrong feeling is more infectious than wrong doing; especially the various phases of ill temper,—gloominess, touchiness, discontent, irritability,—do we not know how catching these are?

F. R. HAVERGAL

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