1 Timothy 5:24-25

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The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever. – 1 Timothy 5:24-25

Dear Jesus,

I cannot see everything good and bad as it’s happening.  So, slow me down from making quick judgements about matters and people. It’s comforting to know that although I am often surprised by what “goes down” without my knowledge, you’re never surprised.  You always saw the thought, word, and action from afar.  I want to be busy making things happen but not so quickly that I make huge mistakes in whom I trust as a partner in ministry.  Give me the faith to readily forgive and grant grace to those who disappoint me, without interrupting their opportunity to learn in the process.  Because of these words, “good deeds, … that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” I have hope that I will soon see some good deeds that I cannot see today when I am discouraged by other’s failures.  If it’s all the same to you, show me the good deeds sooner so I can rejoice with you and the person who did them before I get to heaven.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

A good deed is like a hidden seed.  It will germinate and grow a blessing long after you are gone.