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Summary: An old TV series started each week’s episode with the catch phrase “submitted for your consideration...” I would like to submit four areas to you for your consideration; Your Fallibility, God’s Goodness and Severity, Your Ways, and Your Effect on others.

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For Your Consideration Deuteronomy 4:39-40

Introduction: The old “Twilight Zone” TV series started each week’s episode with the catch phrase “submitted for your consideration...” This morning I would like to submit four areas to you for your consideration; Your Fallibility, God’s Goodness and Severity, Your Ways, and Your Influence on others.

I. Consider your Fallibility

A. One of the very first things for us to consider is our frailty and fallibility. This is pointed out to us in numerous passages of Scripture.

B. Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

C. 1 Corinthians 10:12 “...let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

D. How often we overlook our own failures and sins while criticizing the faults in others! In fact, our judgment may reflect our own flaws, which usually are more serious than those we see in someone else. A woman named Ruth Knowlton told how she came to see this truth. The building across the alley was only a few feet away, and she could easily look into her neighbor’s apartment. Ruth had never met the woman who lived there, but she could see her as she sewed and read each afternoon. After several months, she noticed that the figure by the window had become indistinct. She couldn’t understand why the woman didn’t wash her windows. One sunny day Ruth decided to do some housecleaning, including washing her own windows. Later that day, she sat down to rest by the window. To her amazement, she could clearly and distinctly see her neighbor sitting by her window. Ruth said to herself, "Well, finally she washed her windows!" By now you’ve guessed what really happened: Ruth’s own windows were the ones that needed washing. - copied

E. Did you hear about the inscription on the tombstone of a hypochondriac? It read, "NOW will you believe that I’m sick?" When it comes to recognizing most are the exact opposite of the hypochondriac. They do not want to admit their imperfection. The Bible teaches that all humans are "sick"—because of the effects of sin. Only the grace of God can make us well.

F. In order to be saved we must acknowledge our need of a savior. This awareness ought to produce godly sorrow that results in repentance.

G. But too often after we have been redeemed we forget where we came from and that we are still only sinners but that we have been saved by grace.

H. Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

I. Sgt. Shultz, the German prison guard on the old {Hogan’s Heroes} television show, used to bellow, "I zee nuthing, Nuthing!" He didn’t see because he did not want to see. Many of us do not see what God is doing around and through our lives, not because we can’t see but because we choose not to see the hand of God. - Matt Neace Jr., The Southeast Outlook, 26 Sept, 1997, p. A-12


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