Obadiah 1:12 – Empathize, don’t criticize

Obadiah 1:12
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But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

-The Bible tells that “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” (Proverbs 24:16)  That means no matter how straight of a path we chart through life, even those of us who are saved will stumble more than once before it’s all said and done.  I don’t need to tell you that it’s wrong to take satisfaction when someone else falls (the Bible already makes that very clear), but I would encourage you to remember what it feels like to be the one who has fallen.  All of humanity fell in the sight of God and God could have mocked and ridiculed us, but instead He showed us tender mercy.  If someone falls around us, we have an opportunity to be Christ-like and lift that person up.  “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

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