Not the cause, not the cure

RE Verse reading–Hosea 4:1-13b (day seven)  “But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another”  (vs 4)  It is a mistake I have made many times (too many).  Rather than face my own guilt (with all the responsibility for change/repentance it implies) I blame other people in an obvious, if unconscious, attempt to shift the attention off of me.  It is a foolish move.  Remember the Pharisee in Luke 18?  The one who was so aware of the failure of the tax collector that he had no awareness of his own?  I am that Pharisee.  In Hosea’s day and ours, the lesson is clear.  Don’t blame others for your spiritual condition.  Remember the log in your own eye.  Focus there.  Other people are not the cause of my failure.  They are not the cure, either.  May the Lord give us freedom from this common and destructive trap.  It is Sunday!  I will see you in a few hours–Don

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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