Apr 20, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Hypocritical Ways Christians Hate The Sin In Others But Not Themselves

We are all guilty of picking holes in the behavior of other people, whilst refusing to acknowledge our own shortcomings. This is such a serious issue, that Jesus himself addressed it head on, instructing us in Matthew 7:5 to "take the log" out of our own eyes so we can "see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." 

But often, we fail to heed his words, and the results can be catastrophic. Eric Geiger highlights 3 ways we hypocritically hate sin in others more than in ourselves. 

1. We can abhor laziness in others while being addicted to our jobs.
"Laziness is sin, but so is finding our worth in our jobs. If we bemoan laziness in others, we must be careful that the plank of workaholism isn’t in our own eyes."

2. We can bemoan sins in our culture while being uncompassionate.
"God regards our failure to love others and share the good news of the gospel as sin. He is displeased with our lack of compassion for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Yes, He is full of truth. But He is also full of grace.

3. We can bemoan materialism while being stingy and ungenerous.
"If we bemoan materialism because we would rather hoard, our sin is no less offensive to God. While using money in attempts to gain status or comfort is empty, so is using money to build a false sense of security."

"In our sinfulness, we can easily hate the sins of others more than we hate our own. We need His grace to overcome this."

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