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Overcoming A Critical Spirit -Mark 14:3-9
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While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.  Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” - Mark 14:3-9 NIV


When we think of all the dangers in the world today; Virus , Vitriol and Violence. Perhaps one of the most caustic attitudes when can have is a Critical Spirit. Like a harsh chemical, a Critical Spirit damages and destroys relationships, discourages sincere effort and demoralizes those who attempt to make a positive difference in the world. A Critical Spirit is so volatile until it damages not only the target but the one who is the carrier of the evil attitude.


In the Mark 14 text there is a fine example of devotion and discipleship in the actions of a woman who is unfortunately criticized for what some perceive as "waste". The text invites us to consider our attitude toward the service and worship of others in juxtaposition to our own service and worship. It becomes quite easy to criticize others when we ignore our own faults and inadequacies.


What those in the text called "waste" was actually "worship". It is strange how a Critical Spirit can cause Spiritual Blindness. But the woman in Mark 14 was Thankful, Worshipful and Unselfish. Those three attitudes are essential in overcoming a Critical Spirit.


She entered the room and went straight to Jesus. She was focused on Jesus. She brought with her expensive perfume in an expensive jar and broke the jar, poured the ointment on the head and feet of Jesus. She was thankful, worshipful and unselfish and because of this Jesus said, "She will always be remembered."


May we all learn to overcome the Critical Spirit and instead be thankful, worshipful and unselfish in our both our service and worship.



Gracious God, please forgive me for being critical of others. Help me live in humility and make me loving and accepting and forgiving as You are. Make me blind to the flaws of family and friends and very much aware of my own. Make me more  like You. Mold me and shape me until I begin to look more like You.  In Jesus Name Amen




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