“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.”
Thomas Carlyle, philosopher, and historian.
The account of David and Nathan the prophets dealing with David to make David aware of his serious fault is recorded in the first phrase of 2 Samuel 12:7, You are the man!
Nathan had told David a story about a rich man taking a poor mans one sheep. David wanted the rich thief hung. Then Nathan pointed out the David was the man who stole another man’s wife and he would suffer consequences because of it.
Many of us are much like David in that we fail to see our faults. One of the benefits of real friends is that God will often use one to help us to acknowledge and deal with the error of our ways.
There is one source for this that is better than friends and more reliable. It’s called The Word of God, the perfect mirror that always points the finger and just what needs adjustment, and often acknowledgment of the sin in our own life. When we learn to agree with what God says, we then can find forgiveness and inner peace, even while we may be on a died of consequences.
For over half a century I have observed in God’s mirror my faults, and while doing this have also noted that what many call sin is some act that they do not practice. They kid themselves into going blind to faults that we are trapped in, while loudly trumpeting the failure of others.
We will accomplish more in our walk with Jesus if we learn the value of listening to His evaluation of our spiritual condition and let Him correct us along the journey.
Note what James tells us:
“If you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it” (James 1:22-25).
Simple? Yes! Easy? No! But the exercise given by James will make a tremendous difference in the quality of our walk with Jesus in this world.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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