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A Remedy For Speck Finding

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak" (Matt.26:41).

If we remember that faultfinding is a despicable trait that requires nothing great, physically or mentally, we're off to a good start in eliminating it. The noted theologian Robert West said this; "No great talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character are required to set up in the grumbling business..." Today's scripture is a reminder to all of us to become cognizant of the sinfulness of it, and watch and pray against it... Faultfinding needs to be "put in reverse." By this I mean that one must make up their mind to look for good instead of evil.Then the virtues of a brother would be magnified, while minimizing their shortcomings. Its kind of like showing a person a piece of clean white paper with a black spot in the middle and asking him what he sees. The chances are that the response will be, "a black spot." Often the large piece of white paper is ignored because of the presence of that small black spot... Unfortunately, this is often true of man. We are quick to see the black spots in the life of another, but are slower to see all the whiteness that is there too... In his short story of the man with the plank in his eye, Jesus is quick to tell the man to look at his own life first... "first take the plank out of your own eye." He says. The only way we can help a brother is if we can see clearly... A clear look at ourselves will take much of the joy out of criticism... Lest we think this is some isolated teaching of Jesus, other Bible authors have taken up the same mantle. James tells us to look into a mirror and not forget what we see. (1:23-25) Paul tell us to examine ourselves (1 Cor.11:28) and test our own actions. (Gal.6:4). There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us that it little behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us.... I'll finish this subject tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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