“We all stumble in many ways…” ~ James 3:2.
When a follower of my blog asked if I would share my thoughts on faultfinders, I immediately thought this was a great topic. Faultfinder | Definition of Faultfinder at Dictionary.com is a person who habitually finds fault, complains, or objects, especially in a petty way. Are you a faultfinder? Have you ever been a faultfinder? Do you know someone who find fault in everyone but themselves?
Mostly likely, we have all pointed out someone else’s fault, or two, or three—you get it. Yours truly was guilty until my husband pointed me to scripture which opened my eyes to me being hypocritical. The power of the mind to evaluate is not given to be faultfinders as perfectly stated in Matthew 7:3-5, “Why do you see the speck that is in our [sister’s] eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your [sister], ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your eye.
We all are imperfect and should help each other make positive changes in our lives without arrogance or fault finding. Our focus should be on our work in the Lord for His glory. For example, obeying the commandment to teach others–not to be self-righteous faultfinders. But be clear, if our sister has sinned, we are instructed to go and point out their sin between the two of us, and hopefully she listens and repents ~ Matthew 18:15.
God chooses to forgive and forget our sins and remove them far from Him. We need to do the same for one another, and not be quick to expose everyone else’s sin, when God has been so merciful to cover us. For example, a well-known biblical figure, David, a man after God’s own heart, had great sorrow when his sin with Bathsheba was exposed by Nathan the prophet. From the Old Testament until today, we needed some way to have our sins washed away; and the New Testament way of cleansing was established through the blood of Jesus. Even though we are not perfect, we can live with confidence that our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus and will be pronounced clean by the final Judge–the ERASER. I long to be with our Father in Heaven, and do not want my name erased from the Book of Life.
REFERENCE SCRIPTURES (NIV):
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in White. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels ~ Revelations 3:5.
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom of all people. I Timothy 2:5-6.
“But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written. The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book” ~ Exodus 32:32-33.
“May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous” ~ Psalm 69:28.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” ~ Psalm 103:12.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” ~ Titus 3:3-7.
“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name” ~ Acts 22:16.
“He is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worse. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” ~ I Timothy 1:15-17.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” ~ John 3:16-17.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” ~ Romans 3:23.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” ~ I John 1:7.
“But scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe” ~ Galatians 3:22.
“But in fact, the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. By calling this covenant “new,” He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear” ~ Hebrews 8:6-13.