Friday, January 22, 2010

The speck in thy brothers' eye

People find it more convenient to dwell on the faults of others than on their own faults. They spend too much time on gossip. And yet just as Jesus, said while He was on earth, "that very fault which they look for and find in others, they have to an even greater extent in themselves."

Everyone has faults. No man can say, "I have not sinned." Remember the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery and brought before the son of God Jesus." As the teachers of the law and the Pharisees questioned Him, He straightened Himself up and said; let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” John 8:3-11.

Why point fingers at others? Why say this is a lesbian, and that an adulterer. Why do we feel bitter? Or is it that we feel bad at not being able to engage in such sinful activities ourselves? Is the real problem therefore, not that of jealousy? Or is it a question of being holier than thou?

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23

Bear in mind that the act of gossip is sin anyway, and condemning others is also not right before God. So, while we point one finger at others and calling them sinners, three fingers point back at us.

Let us therefore focus on ourselves. The grace of God is with us. If we truly desire to serve Him, we would continually live in the endeavour to harmonize our lives with His Will. We would thus continue to work on ourselves while at the same time stretching a hand of fellowship to our neighbours, praying for them as they pray for us and so grow ever stronger as the body and church of Christ on earth.

May the grace of God continue to be upon us!

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