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IF YOU WERE BLIND

October 1st, 2009

BLIND TO THE FAULT OF OTHERS

blind reading brailBy Ken Blue

“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” John 9:41.

For several years a young lady, who was blind, visited our church on Sunday and Thursday evenings. She lived in the University District of North Seattle, and would ride the bus to attend the services. She always sat on the front row, to my left. As we sang the songs and preached the Word, the smile of God was on her face. What a blessing she was to this old preacher!

In some ways, I envied her. Although she dressed modestly, she never worried if the colors matched or not. The decor and condition of our buildings mattered not to her. She came for the blessing and nothing could distract her focus.

Oh to be blind! If only we were blind to the faults of others. If we were blind to the attitudes and actions of others, they could not disturb us. In some cases, blindness is a blessing. “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” Proverbs 17:9.

Most importantly, we need to be blind to our own accomplishments and self importance. Had the Pharisees been blind to their own self righteousness, they would have received the Light of the world and salvation. But, because they were so sure they could see, their sins and the problems that accompany them remained.

Are you the man or woman with all the answers? Do you see yourself as all-knowing, while scoffing at others? Is everyone else blamed for your problems? If so, I pity you. There is no help from the Lord for you when you are ignorant of your own blindness and pretend you see. “…If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” Admit your blindness and receive your sight!

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