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Barking At The Moon

A certain judge was constantly annoyed by the sneering remarks and abusive language of an attorney. Instead of cracking down on the lawyer and silencing him, the judge would only smile and chew on his pencil. People wondered how he could be so patient.

At a dinner party someone asked him, “Why don’t you do something about that wise-guy lawyer?” The judge laid down his fork, and resting his chin on his hands said, “Up in our town there lives a widow who has a dog. Whenever there is a full moon, that dog barks and barks all night.”

Then the judge quietly resumed his eating. One person asked, “But Judge, what about the dog and the moon?”

He replied, “Well, the moon just keeps right on shining!”

Of all sins, there is perhaps none more insidious than slander. When we are misrepresented, the natural reaction is to return evil for evil. Yet the evidence of real Christlikeness is to be able to reward evil with good and go right on living for the Lord. We are to be like our Savior, who did not retaliate even when He was horribly mistreated and slandered and led to the cross (Mk. 15:3-5; 1 Pet. 2:21-23).

Oh, for grace today to keep on shining for God amid all the “barking dogs” around us.

I want the love that always sweetly bears
Whate'er my Father's hand may choose to send;
I want the love that patiently endures
The wrongs that come from enemy or friend. —Anon.

It's not always kind to respond in kind.