Scripture in the Morning #186
Another interesting quote to assess, this time from Paul Washer…
“Don’t compare yourself to other Christians. Compare yourself to the Scriptures.”
Here the idea seems to be that we are naturally inclined to compare our conduct, our attitudes and our level of commitment to that which we see in others. This leads to either of two main errors and results in sin — either way. Either we see ourselves as superior to those we compare ourselves to and thus sin in pride and sin by demeaning others. Or, we see ourselves as lacking relative to others and thus become too focused on our conduct – which is the sin of self-centeredness. So…
If we assess our thought life, our attitudes, and our actions against Biblical standards and Biblical teachings, we will then center on God and His equipping grace. We will be driven to confess our sins – which is great. We will be drawn to seek His grace and rely on His power – which is great. And we will see others as just like us – sinners in need of grace – both from God and from us. We will see others and overlook their flaws and see them not as competition – but as fellow brothers & sisters we pray with, share with, forgive, serve with and love.
Matt 7:3-5 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Roms 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
May the Lord fix our eyes upon His Word. May the Lord move us to trust in His power to move us to be who we are called to be. May the Lord move us to love, forgive, and overlook the flaws in others – and simply love them.