Thursday, July 01, 2004
David prays in Psalm 19:12, "Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults." (NIV) Sometimes you don't realize how blind one can be to his own fault and lack of clear, logical thinking until it is reflected back by someone else. The Bible speaks of the sinner as blind for very good reasons. The need for a true friend, one who is willing to offer a rebuke and demonstrate is absolutely vital to help overcome one's natural blindness to our own faults. Even a good, courageous friend can be similarly blinded, since friend routinely have much in common; hence serving little usefulness in their common areas of blindness. One thus needs a large, diverse network of concerned, courageous people willing to lovingly confront whenever necessary. What a wonderful gift God has given to his people in the church.