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Monday, August 14, 2017

Bird Struck! Magpies

Family Devotional

Day Fourteen

“Do not judge others and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others.” Matthew 7:1

Worldwide, magpies are known as chattering birds. A yellow-billed one in California was said to have a noisy voice, almost like a whine.

Stories diverge though as to whether people regard them as good or bad. Despite several attempts throughout history to poison them, they continued to remain abundant. So in folklore they were sometimes thought to have supernatural powers.

Unfortunately, many people groups in history have also been regarded as good or evil and attempts were made to exterminate them when others felt threatened by them.

In Jesus’ time the religious leaders of the Sanhedrin decided through an illegal trial to crucify Him. The early Christians were hunted by Roman authorities and died for their faith. The Jewish people and Gypsies were among those targeted during the Holocaust. And sadly, even today, many ethnic groups are regarded as good by some and evil by others.

But good or evil is not due to the ethnic race of a people group, but by individual choices that each person makes in their heart and by their actions.

“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7).

The only one who can honestly judge or know each person’s heart is God. And through Jesus’ gift of grace, each heart that has been evil can be changed towards good and transformed by His sacrifice for every person.

1. Listen for unkind words this week, said either to you or to others.

2. Write down the reason those words were being said. Did they have any truth in them or were the speakers being mean?

3. Think of some ways you can say kind words to those who are mean to you or others for no understandable reason.

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Matthew 7:1-5           
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