WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN SINS
THAT ARE BEING VIEWED BY OTHERS?
We need to ‘examine’ ourselves. We need to do this, at least, every communion time, but also it is wise to do it far more often than that. We need to ‘judge ourselves’, so we are not judged. Then, when we have repented of sins, have drawn closer to the Lord, we have peace with the Lord. The judgments of others looking into our ‘glass house’ are not comparable to the ‘peace of God’ that then overwhelms us.
1 Corinthians 11:28-33 (KJV)
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
Philippians 4:7 (KJV)
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE ‘GLASS HOUSES’ OF OTHERS
Jim Bakker failed greatly. He lost respect from many, was criticized greatly. Not many were praying for him, not many chose to intercede for his restoration from his sins. Jimmy Swaggart came to a time of failure also. The judgments were often harsh and cruel. He faced ignominious condemnation from many. Others fall into sins, shaming their Lord, grieving the Holy Spirit, and yet, our reactions to the ‘glass house’ situations is too often to criticize and condemn, and to attempt to put drapes on our own. We need to quit criticizing, and start praying. We need to be in intercession for the shameful sins of others, and seek intercession from them for our own.
Job was shamefully accused by others, and he was innocent. He was being attacked by the devil, and his friends joined in the condemnation with many false accusations. In the end, God told Job he would be healed, when he prayed for those false accusing, so called ‘friends’.
Job 42:7-10 (KJV)
7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
God still demanded repentance from the false accusers. Yet, He also required Job, who saw and heard their glass house of false accusations, to pray for them. We are required likewise to ‘heal the glass houses’ by praying and seeking restoration.
Galatians 6:1 (KJV)
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Paul practiced what he preached, and travailed in prayer for those that he saw slipping from the faith they once had.
Galatians 4:19 (KJV)
19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,