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02/14/2017

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Who Faultfinding Always Hurts


"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Matt.7:2).

We have seen thus far, that constantly finding fault in others is hurtful to them, but we are missing something very important... The faultfinder often inflicts the greatest injury on him or herself. The story of the speck and the plank illustrates that a persistent finder of faults binds himself to, and blinds himself from his own shortcomings. The real danger here is that his chances for improvement are miniscule because he sees no need of it. Those who tried to bring down Jesus are great examples of this. Instead of looking at the good that was being done, they went on a witch hunt for evil. "When the Pharisees saw this, they asked the disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners?' " (Matt.9:11). Jesus' answer to this is clear, concise and easy to understand.... He explained that the sick needed the doctor and the sinners were the ones who needed His mercy... Instead of looking for good, they were looking for evil that did not exist. The faultfinder is rarely a factfinder. That plank has destroyed his ability to discern between good and evil. In talking about a maturing Christian, the writer of the Book of Hebrews says this; "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish between good and evil..." (5:14). The constant faultfinder will have very few friends, and even those friendships will be short-lived. As he gradually picks them to pieces, they usually are glad to leave his company. Finally, the habit of speck-hunting is an obvious mark of egotism. With this egotism, repentance is not only difficult, but nearly impossible. The exalting of oneself on an invisible pedestal, allows no room for the humility it takes to repent. The conclusion of "The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector" in Lk.18:9-14 is this; "I tell you that this man, (the tax collector) rather than the other, (the Pharisee) went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Vs 14). We ought to read this short parable today...

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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