Saturday, September 3, 2011

Beware of Woodpeckers

These people are grumblers and complainers, doing whatever evil they feel like.  (Jude 1:16a)

   Woodpeckers can be pesky little creatures.  The holes in the Noah"s ark picture remind me of the children of Israel pecking away at Moses in the wilderness.  Time after time Moses heard the Israelites complain, "Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us to this terrible place?  (Numbers 20:4 NLT).  

   How can you and I avoid being classified as woodpeckers?  First, practice the principles laid down by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:12-13 where he instructed them to show tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."  Second, let your speech be gracious and non-judgmental.  Third, don't listen to critics and resist being one.  Fourth, exercise restraint and don't allow yourself to become a woodpecker.

   Surely Noah must have been thinking, this woodpecker has got to go.   

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