Fault-Finding . . .

Fault-finding is a rather popular pastime, and unfortunately many of us find it easy to join the fun. Concentrating on the imperfections of others is a great way to feel better about ourselves. That is the problem. Avoiding the faults that need to be repaired in our own lives not only stunts our spiritual growth but also obstructs God's work through us. God's effectiveness through our lives is enhanced or hindered by the way we live.

If you desire to be authentic and useful for God, take an obstacle inventory. Sometimes obstacles are things that in and of themselves may be legitimate, yet in certain contexts may be inappropriate. But sin is clearly obstructive to others. Gossip, slander, boasting, bitterness, greed, abuse, anger, selfishness, and revenge all close the hearts of those around us to the message of God through us. It would be of more value to replace your faults with the winsome ways of Jesus. This will enable others to see your non-fault Savior more clearly.

In the scriptures I am not surprised that Paul made a concerted effort to "put no obstacle in anybody's way" (2Corinthians 6:3). For him these was nothing more important than his usefulness for Christ in the lives of others. Anything that appeared in the way of that was dispensable. Followers of Jesus are most effective when attitudes and actions are aligned with His. Let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. (Romans 14:13)

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