Are You Quick to Point Out Faults of a Person?
Just because a person quotes the Bible doesn’t necessarily make them a believer. The devil can quote the Bible! Just because they can quote the Bible doesn’t necessarily make them super spiritual. There are those who are quick to quote the Scriptures to condemn others and many times they are the guiltiest of all. I know people and even preachers who are well versed in the letter of the law but know nothing about the spirit of the law. Those who are quick to find fault with others often have greater fault in their own lives. The people who are so quick to come down on someone else often are guilty of far worse.
I love the Sermon on the Mount. That sermon pretty much says it all! In Matthew 7:3 of that sermon Jesus said, "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:3). I love the way Jesus said that. It’s a humorous illustration, but it sure makes a point.
Jesus was saying, "You are so quick to focus on the small and trivial things in another person's life, yet you are guilty of open and blatant sin."
I have preached many sermons from Galatians 6:1. There are churches today who are relaxed when it comes to sin and I personally despise those churches. But there are also many churches who are guilty of destroying when they are supposed to be restoring and I despise those churches too. If we know of someone who is falling into sin, our objective should be to confront and restore them, not condemn and destroy them. Galatians 6:1 says, "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any fault, trespass, sin, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted." If Jesus was like many pastors, there would not have been 12 disciples because they were a mess. Our Christian objective is to restore, not destroy.
This is what I find interesting in our text, "Considering yourself lest you also be tempted." In other words, one day it could be you. One day you could be the person who stumbles and falls. One day you could be the person who makes that mistake, who commits that sin. And hopefully someone will come along in the spirit of Love, Grace and Boldness and help you get back on your feet again.
Uh oh, you messed up, you can never be a teacher again, a deacon again, a preacher again, a witness again, a leader again, etc.…… In some churches it’s one strike and you’re out! Jesus didn’t destroy peter after his denial, He restored him! A lady told me one time that she couldn’t teach children because she had had an abortion way back in her life. I asked her if she asked for forgiveness and she said that she had. Her pastor had told her that the abortion she had disqualified her from teaching children. I was fuming when I heard that. I can make the Bible say just about anything I want it to say, but when you put the letter of the law with the spirit of the law, we see restoration, not destruction, we see freedom, not enslavement.
I don’t care how super spiritual some may think they are, we all must constantly keep our guard up because we all have the potential to fall. Any of you who have fallen, get up and dust yourself off, you are profitable to and for the Lord. Don’t let any man tell you that you’re not worthy. If they do, they are probably worse off than you. Self-Righteousness is one of the worst sins a Christian can commit. God Bless!