James 5:16 (NIV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
You’re armed and dangerous - sharp knife, chopping board and the most important ingredient…a cool ripe apple! You let the knife slice either side of this huge fruit, whilst the mind and mouth are beginning to salivate. You wipe the dribble from the corner of your mouth. Some quick cross cuts and the delectable morsel is ready for consumption.
Upon picking up one side you settle into the pure bliss of eating for several minutes as juice begins to run out the corners of your mouth and down your arms. You’re almost in heaven!
I read about an opposing opinions concerning apples. A lady grew up on an apple orchard in Michigan. As a child she spent many hours outside, playing under cool shady coverage of the apple trees. During apple season the rotting fruit lay strewn across the lawn, and she was given the daily task of picking up the dropped and spoiled fruit! To her she had no appeal for the apple that I enjoyed so much.
Her hatred she had for this luscious produce was because of her previous experience.
How many times have you thought yourself totally correct, and then, through listening to someone else’s viewpoint, discovered a completely different stance? You've received a revelation?
Our verse today offers some wise instruction to balance your opinion against others…
Dear Lord, help us listen to others and have a balanced opinion about things that confront us each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.