“Are you a fault finder”
(Joh 18:38) Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
(Joh 18:39) But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
(Joh 18:40) Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.
(Joh 19:1) Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
(Joh 19:2) And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
(Joh 19:3) And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
(Joh 19:4) Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
(Joh 19:5) Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
(Joh 19:6) When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. (KJV)
Ask your neighbor, are you a faultfinder? Don’t answer!! We read in the scriptures that on three different occasions, pilate stated that he could find no fault in Jesus. Although he questioned him on more than one occasion, he still could find no fault in Jesus. Many times, in our everyday lives, we can easily and readily find fault in someone or something. I wonder why?
When I was a young teenager living at home, I did not always clean up behind myself, nor was I a very neat person. I can remember my oldest brother always saying to me that I would have a very dirty and sloppy house when I grew up because of my untidiness as a teenager. My mom was the kind of person who would tell me to go to school and get a good education and she would do all the rest of the things that needed to be done in our home. She was not too concerned about my cleaning and washing and doing other household chores, as long as I got good grades and did my homework. That was her greatest concern for us because she was uneducated. Needless to say, I took full advantage of her willingness to not make me take care of the house, on the other hand, because my brother was older, and the male figure in our home, he did clean and keep things very neat. As a result of that, he could very easily find fault with my lack of concern for how our home looked or my lack of participation in helping to keep our home clean. As I grew, I heard continuously about my faults, until I began to find fault in myself.
How many of us know that if we constantly hear of our faults or lack of doing something in the right way, we will eventually find fault in ourselves. When I got married, however, as a result of always hearing from my brother how sloppy and dirty my home would be, I was just the opposite, I cleaned all of the time and kept things neat and in order. How wonderful it is to know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. My brother’s insults, turned me into a neat freak. There are times, I suppose, when fault finding, when given in the correct way, can turn out to be a good and positive thing, however, it can also be very hurtful. I can also remember when I separated from my first husband and lived with my mom for a short time. Although I felt that what I was doing was beneficial and helpful to my mom, all she could see was fault in everything that I did. Nothing I tried to do was right, if I did less it was wrong, if I did more it was still wrong, there was no medium ground that I could find. As a result of that, I was crushed. I was devastated at the amount of fault one person could find in another. However, now that I am growing in Christ, I am still devastated at the amount of fault we can find in each other as Christians. As I thought about the above scriptures, even Pilate, an unsaved man could find no fault in Christ, and Christ can find no fault in us; however, we can and do find fault with each other. It may be with our children, our supervisors, our co-workers, our sister, our brothers, our mothers, our fathers, our neighbors, our husbands, our wives, our pastor’s and the list goes on and on. If we are neat and clean and keep our homes the way God would have them to be because we do represent him in all things, people find fault in that.
If we get to work on time, mind our own business, try to be helpful to our co-workers and superiors, people find fault in that. If in our homes, we put forth every effort to season our speech with salt, be kind and gentle spirited, be agreeable as much as possible and helpful in as many ways as possible, people find fault with that. It seems that no matter how hard we try and no matter what we do, somebody can find fault with it. I wonder how long it will take us to just learn to appreciate each other for where we are in our Christian walk and for the ability to do what we can for each other? Ask your neighbor can you stop being a faultfinder and accept me right where I am? I believe with all my heart that Jesus wants us to stop finding fault with each other and become supportive of one another. If you know that I am not where I should be in any area of my life, instead of finding fault with me, won’t you please reach out and help push me in the right direction.
Jesus looks beyond all of our faults and see our needs. I believe it is time for us to start doing the same thing. Today is a good time to start right now from where we are. Tell your neighbor – I find no fault in you!!
Pastor's Mike and Allean Morgan are also facilitators for a class that was founded by Pastor's Francis and Flower
Briscoe entitled "What God Has to Say About "Marriage". Our final follow-up conference for this year was May 12th. We will be having out first out of town conference this year
before the annual one, in Alabama.
This conference will be held June 8th & 9th, 2018 at Pilgrim Rest
Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. The cost for this conference is $40.00 per couple and $25.00 per single person. Hotels are filling up fast in Alabama, so if you would like to attend, you should go on line to secure a reservation. The fees for hotels range between $70.00- 115.00 per night. There is also our annual
conference in October of every year. The conference date for this year is
October 5-6 at Holiday Inn in Washington, D.C.
This will be our 6th conference in the Washington Metropolitan area,
Praise God for what He is doing. The cost of the rooms if you desire to stay overnight
will be $179.00. However, if you have discount cards, you will be able to get a better rate. The cost for this conference is $75.00 per couple and $50.00 for singles. In addition, there is under ground parking at this hotel for a fee, and, also there is a public parking lot across the street for a fee. We do not yet have the cost of parking, however, we will ascertain it, and let you know as soon as it becomes available. You can visit our website for more
information at www.whatgodhastosayaboutmarriage.com.