Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A SIGHT OF THE SINS OF OTHERS


The word of God is clear what our attitude and action ought to be when we view the sins of others – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Galatians 6:1-3).

For the true child of God, a sinner saved by the grace of God in Christ, the sight of the sins of others does not lift us up in pride as if to say, “I am better than he,” or “I would never do such things.” It makes us aware of the sinfulness of our own hearts and our own shortcomings and weaknesses. It makes us say, “He fell today. Tomorrow, I may fall, and if I don’t, it is only the grace of God in Christ that keeps me from it.”

It reminds us that “it is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22), and that it is “by the grace of God that I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

It causes us to “rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

It motivates us to show love, compassion, patience, and forgiveness towards others, knowing that we have been forgiven for Christ’s sake alone.

By Bill Parker

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