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The Jars

The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He
quoted 1 Samuel 16:7 "The Lord does not look at the things we look at. We look
at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 

These jars came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and
can hold the same amount. But they are different, he explained. 
Then he upset one and it oozed out honey. He turned over the other, and
vinegar spilled out. 

"When a jar is upset, whatever is in it comes out. Until the jars were upset,
they looked alike. The difference was within, and could not be seen. When they
were upset, their contents were revealed." 

Until we are upset we put on a good front. But when we are upset, we reveal
our innermost thoughts and attitudes, for "out of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45). 

What if someone tipped you over today? 
What would flow out? 
Would you reveal the "honey" of grace and patience, or the "vinegar" of anger
and sarcasm? 

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of
sins." (1 Peter 4:8) 

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