It’s been said that to maintain proper perspective, you must keep your own sin ever before you, reminding you of your deep need for God and His continual forgiveness; and to keep others’ sins out of your mind, covering them with the blankey of your love (I Peter 4:8).
One person suggests to “let your awareness of your sin and sins be real and intense, but never let it degenerate into self-loathing–an ugly deviation from attention to God.”
An ugly deviation from attention to God.
That is the best definition of self-loathing I have ever heard!
SELF-LOATHING–> An ugly deviation from attention to God.
Francis of Assisi said (in the context of his order of friars) to “take care not to be disturbed or angered at the sin or the evil of another, because the devil wishes to destroy many through the fault of one.”
The devil wishes to destroy many through the fault of one.
One pastor falls, and many lose their faith.
My wifey showed me a post the other day that basically said: if you have lost your faith in God because of a bad experience with some church, then your faith was never in God to begin with, it was in people.