Practice Then Preach
Matthew 7: 3-5
You cannot preach to others what you have not first practiced yourself. If you try to you are ultimately practicing hypocrisy. Don’t point your finger at someone if you first have not and cannot point the finger at yourself. Correct yourself first. Own your mistakes first. Then, and only then, can you expect others to do the same.
No one is perfect – including you. Always finding fault in everyone but yourself is evidence that you are living a life of denial. It’s denial because you cast stones, but don’t believe you need to duck for the ones coming your way. Once you sincerely and completely face yourself – you will see life and others with a new level of sensitivity, love, forgiveness and empathy.
We are not to judge yet we are to be judged (Matthew 7: 1-2). It may be easier to look at someone else’s faults, but it’s not fair to them nor is it what God would have us do. Don’t judge others and set a high expectation for your neighbor, but for yourself allow continuous grace and mercy and plain old excuses. God is the only judge and you should celebrate the fact that He has not judged you based on your actions. But, rather, He gives you new mercies with each morning we see. And, you should do the same.
The only perfect man to walk this earth was Jesus Christ. And, until He returns, we all are walking in imperfection striving to become perfect in Christ.
Walk in faith; live in love,
WHO IS MONICA WOOD AKA MOWOOD?
Monica Wood is one who faith walks even when she doesn’t want to. Through trial and error I have made some mistakes – not many are visible – but all have left a reminder of their existence. It is through the scars that I have learned what kind of faith I have and what kind of God I serve. And, for close to 4 years now I have been led to share some of my scars, during a season of “transparency”, in the form of daily or weekly or even monthly devotionals.
Over the years, I have received unsolicited feedback with surprising testimonials that were sparked by my transparent messages. All remarks and reactions have been a blessing and encouragement. However, I am led to write because I like to write out where I am and how God is working in it. Now my writings have a title, “MoMoments”. I pray this blessing will be a blessing.
Monica Wood is a business owner/entrepreneur. She is president/owner of MWPR, Inc., a full-service woman-owned/operated Public Relations consultancy specializing in Religious and Sports PR, Brand Development and Crisis/Reputation Management. Her passions include sports, reading, spending time with her family and friends and being an active participant in various ministries in her church, The Park Church. Her personal ministry has always been mentoring young girls. In 2004, Wood created Hiz Temple™, Inc. Initially created to spread God’s word through hip clothing, Wood soon realized that God wanted HT to make a larger impact on the lives of young people. Through scripture reference I Corinthians 6:19-20, Wood expanded HT to include creative ministry workshops and travels to churches and community groups speaking to young girls and women on how to love themselves and develop a relationship with God.