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Religious Reflections

How are we looking at others?

by Rev. Nick Paulakis

The apostle Paul gives us something to really think about in Romans 14:10 and 12. He says, "Why do you look down on others. Remember each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God. Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God."

The context that Paul is writing in has to do with what we eat and what day we worship. Evidently, people were looking down on others because of their diet or which day they went to church, but I think that it goes further than that.

Too many times we try to compare ourselves with each other in an attempt to make us look better and, in the process, we put someone else down.

The Bible tells us not to compare ourselves and that God, in fact, is the only one who can judge anyone.

Jesus, in talking with His followers asked, "Why are you so worried about the speck in someone else's eye when there is a beam sticking in your own eye."

Obviously, it is easier to find fault than it is to find the good in others, which means it may take a little work on our part, but I think you will find it will be worth it.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all would choose to see the good in each other-no gossip, no back-biting, no condescending. It would be wonderful. Work would be nicer, our school and our homes would be nicer.

I realize that I need to worry about me and my actions; it will give me the opportunity to see the good in others. I would like to encourage you to see what God sees in others. God fearfully and wonderfully made each and every one of us . . . special in His own way.

May your heart be open to see others through God's eyes.

- Rev. Nick Paulakis is pastor of the Sunnyside Calvary Baptist Church, Woodward Avenue.

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