Edwards’ Resolution #21

Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 in Resolutions

download21. Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

 

Jesus commanded us to take the beam out of our own eye before we approach a brother with the splinter. Have you ever had a splinter?  Man do they hurt – and they are often hard to remove.  Of course, a splinter doesn’t hurt until it comes into contact with something.  Left alone, and without touching anything, it is not nearly as painful.

That is sometimes the way we approach our own sin.  We try to just leave it alone in hopes that it will go away.  We don’t consider the truth that sin is always touching something – affecting your hear and soul and that of others as well.  But unlike the splinter with its physical pain, we can become spiritually numb to the pain that sin causes self and others.  When this happens, it is easy to point out the sin in others.  And then it is easy to compare our self to others in an effort to build self up – all the while ignoring the sin that besets.  You see – our “splinters” when left unchecked become “beams.”

 Remember what God told Cain – “If you do not do well, sin is crouching at your door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it” (Gen. 4:7).  Sin is always ready to pounce and left unchecked it will not leave you alone.  We should heed these words of Edwards – we should be focused upon Christ, and pray that what we consider to bring shame to others, or to cause us to think less of them, would be kept from us. “Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  But before that, “Lord, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespassed against us.”

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