Sunday, March 28, 2021

Seeing the Faults in Others but Not in Ourselves

D. L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon were two of the greatest preachers during the nineteenth century. Although Moody (left in pic) had never met Spurgeon (right in pic), he greatly admired the Englishman and arranged to meet him in London. After he traveled across the Atlantic, Moody found Spurgeon’s residence and knocked on the door.
 
Spurgeon answered with a cigar in his mouth. Moody was aghast. “How could you, a man of God, smoke that?” asked Moody. Spurgeon took the cigar from his mouth, put his finger on Moody’s huge stomach, smiled, and said, “The same way that you, a man of God, could be that fat.”
 
It’s easy to see the faults in others, but so hard to see them in ourselves. Someone has said, “Faults are like the headlights on your car; those of others seem more glaring than your own.”
 
Paul writes, “You are without excuse, every man who passes judgment…for you who judge practice the same things” (Rom. 2:1). We tend to see sins in others that we’re familiar with in ourselves. When I’m driving down the street, I’ll notice the cars that are exactly like mine. My eyes aren’t drawn to every car, but only to the ones that are like my own.
 
In the same way, judgmental people’s eyes are drawn to those same sins in others. They’re actually seeing what’s in their own hearts. Before you form a judgmental opinion about someone, make sure you’re not guilty of the same thing. Quit telling others to dim their lights when your own headlights are blinding them.
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