Do you ever hear a great message at church or from an evangelist on TV and immediately one or two people come to mind and you think to yourself “I wish so-and-so was listening to this!” Why is it that we have no trouble finding fault in others, but it is difficult to see fault in ourselves? Or maybe it would be better said we refuse to see it. The story of David comes to mind when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan about his adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband so he could have her for his own. (II Samuel 12:1-24). Adultery and murder! As far as sins go, these are what most folks consider to be two biggies! David’s first response to Nathan’s story about the rich man, who owned many sheep, killing the poor man’s only lamb was indignation – “How could someone do something like that!” But when he realized Nathan was talking about him, his attitude changed. Many folks might stomp off shouting “Don’t judge me!” But the reason David had a heart after God was his willingness to judge himself. He confessed his sin before Nathan and before God. The next time you hear that juicy sermon, don’t allow your mind to wander. If it’s for you, confront it and if not, resist the urge to determine who the offender probably is. The only one we are to judge is ourselves! And thank God that He has to deal with everyone else!
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 1 Corinthians 11:31 (NKJV)
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Matthew 7:3-5 (NLT)