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Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 17, 2013]
My Utmost for His Highest (The Golden Book of Oswald Chambers;1992) ^ | 1935/1992 | Oswald Chambers

Posted on 06/17/2013 4:32:02 AM PDT by Vision

Beware of Criticizing Others

"Judge not, that you be not judged"

—Matthew 7:1

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized. The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood. Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others. Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.

There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24). Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.


TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: prayer; reflection; selfexamination
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.

In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.

Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.

My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.


1 posted on 06/17/2013 4:32:02 AM PDT by Vision
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I can attest from personal experience that reading from Chambers daily will almost certainly change - not one's faith - but one's perspective of his/her own faith, and open up new vistas in your spiritual life. If - when - this happens to a reader of these threads, and they choose to share what has happened within them - we are treading on hallowed ground. Be respectful.

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2 posted on 06/17/2013 4:32:20 AM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: Religion Moderator; 185JHP; 1lawlady; 2nd amendment mama; abigail2; al_c; Alamo-Girl; AlguyA; ...
Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers Ping!

"Beware of Criticizing Others"
3 posted on 06/17/2013 4:32:44 AM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: Vision

Excellent. Thank you and bless you :).


4 posted on 06/17/2013 4:48:04 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: GOP Poet

Thank you, and you too.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 6:53:05 AM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: Vision
Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me.

Oh so very very true! Thank you for this beautiful devotion!
6 posted on 06/17/2013 9:14:57 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Vision

This is so true.

Thanks for posting this devotional series.


7 posted on 06/17/2013 12:55:26 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Alamo-Girl

I agree that this message (that quote in particular) rings so true for me as I get older.
Though my values remain the same (founded upon God’s Word), my temperament has softened to reflect a more Christlike approach to loving other people.
That’s not to say I have compromised the truth or shied away from drawing lines in the sand on things like abortion and homosexuality. It’s just that I can speak the truth about the issue without necessarily alienating the person who needs Jesus just as badly as I do.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 6:28:22 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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Praise God! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony, dear Clump!
9 posted on 06/18/2013 8:41:10 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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