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April 23, 2015, 9:23 AM

Uglier On Someone Else

It's super easy to point out the flaws in other people. Especially the flaws that we ourselves have. In the mid-80's, Jimmy Bakker was a well-known televangelist. He had a huge ministry, but he fell in a huge way. He was convicted of fraud and embezzelment and also had a much-publicized affair. Jimmy Swaggart, another well-known televangelist, came out and was very critical of Bakker. He called Bakker a cancer in the church. About three months later Swaggart came out on TV with tears in his eyes confessing that he'd visited several prostitutes. 

While Swaggart was calling out Bakker for his sin he was doing the same thing. 

One preacher put it this way...our sin looks a lot uglier on someone else. We might be doing the same thing we are dumping on others for doing, but it looks a lot worse on others. 

When we judge others and criticize others we deflect off of ourselves and put the attention and criticism on others. It's much easier to judge others than it is to deal with sin in our own lives. So how do we deal with the sin of others? I mean, we can't just pretend people don't have sin, can we?

Several years ago, I got involved in a program called, Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program that helps people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. For years I had been very judgmental and critical of people with alcohol and drug issues. I just couldn't understand why people would fail in this way, because I'd never had any issues with this stuff. While spending time with the people in this program I learned a couple of things. 

First of all, I learned these people's stories. I learned that if I had gone through some of the things these people had gone through I myself would have likely turned to drugs and alcohol. I learned their stories and found compassion for them instead of judgment. I didn't excuse their behavior, but my heart softened toward them. 

Secondly, I learned that my sins were no better than theirs. I had my own issues and problems. I learned that I needed help as much as they did. I was no better than them...I was just different than them. I didn't excuse their sin, they didn't excuse mine...we worked together to help us recover from them. 

Our sin may look uglier on other people, but it's just as ugly on us. 

All of us have fallen short of God's standards, God's glory. None of us have done what is right. So instead of judgment and criticism let's work together to help each other recover and move on and live to our full potential. 

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