If you have spent any time around this blog, you know that I love to read. Yesterday, I came across a quote in C. Fred Smith’s Developing a Biblical Worldview that smacked me between the eyes. Smith’s words made me stop and examine myself. He writes,
We should stop looking for perfection in others. We pay lip service to the biblical teaching regarding sin, but then we expect perfection from other people. If we incorporate the reality of our common falleness into our worldview, it will be easier to accept the faults of others. It will be easier to love people, even when they disappoint us. 1
I am not saying I go around measuring people’s spirituality with my religious ruler, but do I keep my failings in mind when dealing with others? Christ taught us to be merciful (see Matthew 5:7). Am I reciprocating the mercy and grace I received? Do I forgive others the way I was forgiven?
We know that all sin (see Romans 3:23), but we tend to hold others to a higher standard. That attitude is the epitome of hypocrisy. And let’s face it we are all hypocritical at times. As Christians, we are called to hold each other accountable, but after reading this Smith’s statement, I think I will pay closer attention to being merciful. Considering my own faults when I approach others. What about you? I would love to hear from you.
- C. Fred Smith, Developing a Biblical Worldview, Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015. 27. ↵