Friends of Job - Part 3 Self righteous people have certain tendencies when assessing the lives of others. Because of pride, we all battle this from time to time especially when engaged in gossip. Here are a few assumptions which we must not make when examining the lives of others struggling with problems:
1. Others are lying.
Job 11:3-5 “Should thy lies make men hold their peace?”
2. Others have bad intentions.
“and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?”
3. Others have false beliefs.
“For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure,”
4. Others have a false sense of godliness.
“and I am clean in thine eyes.”
5. Others are out of the will of God.
“But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;”
LESSON - Examine your motives before attempting to help someone else or before you assess another person’s situation. If your thinking is wrong, your advice may be wrong. If your advice is wrong you may make the situation worse. Follow the guidance offered in scripture so that your advice may be edifying and not destructive. You don’t want others to run when they see you coming. Mt. 7:3-5 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”