Several times on this blog I’ve talked about blind spots. These are elements of our life, theology, and character that… by definition… we don’t see. Warning: Blind spots are dangerous for ourselves and others. Paul wrote as much about them as found in 1 Timothy 4:16…
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
When it comes to blind spots, the ONLY way we will EVER see them in us is as GOD reveals them to us. Otherwise we will NOT see them… ever…
Might I be so bold as to suggest some blind spots we need to watch so they don’t make us modern day Pharisees? I’ll start by addressing preachers (me). These thoughts aren’t overtly stated, but are instead held in the heart.
I’m right and so are those who agree with me theologically. Note: How can two people who read the same Bible… pray to the same God… and be led by the same Holy Spirit come to different conclusions on the same doctrine and both be right? Read Romans 14:1-5 and 15:1-2.
This one is hard to recognize: Be extremely careful to not have critical or condemning spirit toward anyone else.
This one is hard to recognize: Be extremely careful not to be angry or bitter about anything or toward anyone.
This one is hard to recognize: Be extremely careful not to complain about events, situations, or the circumstances you find yourself in. Note: Griping and/or complaining is not godly.
I could go on, but those are enough for me to work on at the present.