Two men had an argument and refused to speak to each other for many years.
One man heard that the other was talking about him, so he went to him and said, “Will you be kind enough to tell me my faults to my face, that I may profit by your Christian candor and try to get rid of them?”
“Yes, sir,” replied the other. “I will do it.”
They walked for a little while and the first man said, “Before you commence telling what you think wrong in me, will you please bow down with me, and let us pray over it that my eyes may be opened to see my faults as you will tell them? You lead in prayer.”
The second man prayed. The first man said, “Now proceed with what you have to complain of in me.”
“After praying over it, your faults look so little that they are not worth talking about. The truth is, I feel now that in going around talking against you I have been serving the devil, and I have need that you pray for me and forgive me the wrong I have done you.”
This anecdote has a meaning for us all. It is easy to see the faults of others, and easier still to talk about them to others. Yet if we would sincerely pray about this faultfinding habit, we would find that God would minimize other people’s errors and magnify their wonderful qualities. Why don’t you take a moment and ask God to help you see the good in others rather than just the faults?
Every person should have a special cemetery lot in which to bury the faults of friends and loved ones. – Author Unknown
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder