Doing Nothing at All
At the Seventh of Matthew’s Gospel, the Savior illustrated helping someone to correct a fault as “casting the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” However, lest one should be regarded a hypocrite, he must first “cast out the beam” out of his own eye. Similarly, the Sixth of Galatians points out that a spiritual man who considers how he himself is tempted is the type of person required to restore another who is overtaken in a fault. James Five tells us that the purpose of all this is to convert a sinner from the error of his way, save a soul from death, and to hide a multitude of sins. These benefits come to both the converter and the converted when a spiritual man who considers his own temptations has thrown out his own beam. If his honest purpose is not to save a sinner and hide his sins, then the matter does not concern him; and to insert himself into that which does not concern him is worse than doing nothing at all.
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater
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