If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Thoughts for Today:My thirteen year old daughter Amanda and I have come up with a really interesting application of Matthew 7:2: "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." When it comes to the last piece of pie, cake, final portion of orange juice or anything else, the question is always, "Do you want to split or choose?" In other words, if one person splits the portions, then the other one chooses which one they get. It's a practical way to end disputes regarding equal portions.
Think about it, if everyone received back exactly what they put out, how much more careful would we be with the way we judged, measured or treated others? What if we really believed that every time we criticized another person, made a cruel remark, gossiped or otherwise degraded someone -- sooner or later, we would be hurt to the same degree? I think that is exactly what Paul is saying in our passage today. So even though as Christians we no longer need to fear God's wrath or rejection, if we walk in conflict and animosity with other people, we will eventually be forced to deal with the negative results that those actions produce.
Questions to Ponder:Paul tells us consequences remain for our actions beyond God's direct punishment. How so? Other people (and Satan) will make us pay dearly for our ungodliness. How do you treat other people? With love and compassion or in some other way? How would you like to be treated?