Opening Spurgeon's Treasury
People flow across our lives. Some cleanse us in kindness, others bathe us in criticism.
There is a meddlesome acid of ill-judgement the faultfinder swallows, yet they continue ignorant to their poison.
The understanding Charles Spurgeon once reflected:
Pedley - who was a well-known natural simpleton, often said, "God help the fool." None are more ready to pity the folly of others than those who have a small share themselves.
"There is no love among Christians," cries the man who is destitute of true charity.
"Zeal has vanished," exclaims the idle talker.
"Oh for more consistency," groans out the hypocrite.
"We want more vital Godliness," protests the false pretender.
As in the old legend, the wolf preached against sheep-stealing, so very many hunt down sins in others which they gladly shelter in themselves.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
Judgements repeatedly cherished against others can well indicate the sin the speaker's soul darkly soaks in.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"The faith of the church can be far healthier in the pews than in the pulpit." ~ Michael Cartwright
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