“Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways.”

Haggai 1:7

God said, “Consider your ways.” God knows that we have the problem of being more con- cerned with the faults and sins of others than we do with our own faults and sins. People like this can sit in church, but when the preacher is preaching the Word of God they are thinking, “I am sure glad that so and so is here to hear this message, because they sure need to hear it.” They are thinking, “I am so glad to see so and so on their knees at the altar because that is exactly where they ought to be.” They live in a dream world where everything that is wrong is applied to some- one other than themselves. They are so critical of others.

We are so quick to behold the mote in our brother’s eye, but cannot see the beam in our own eye. There are many people who spend their life doing nothing more than criticizing others.

Evil is like a contagious disease. Just as one person coughing in an airplane cabin can infect all the passengers, evil seems to spread among a group.

Holiness, on the other hand, must be deliberately sought. We do not become holy by associat- ing with godly people in a cloistered environment. Holiness comes through faith and obedience to the Lord.

Haggai told the people of Israel, who assumed they were holy because of their godly heritage, that they actually had become defiled because of their disobedience.

If you want to be holy, you must first give yourself in faith to God. Then you must learn what God wants you to do and in His strength obey Him. Having devout parents and associating with religious friends may help, but they cannot make you holy.

We become holy only as we live close to the Lord and do what He tells us to do not by criticiz- ing others and think we are holier than the rest of the team or the best.

Holiness is not a virus to be caught; it’s a way of life to be sought. Consider your ways.

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