Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.–1 Corinthians 10:10
Have you ever noticed that those who complain the most about life being unfair are usually the worst offenders. They are easily offended by the injustice of others toward them, but they fret not about their injustices toward others. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black.
I suspect their own guilty conscious has something to do with this. They know they are guilty and they know that others know, so in an effort to get the spotlight off of them they turn it on others. They don’t have enough sense to know that you can’t make yourself look good by making others look bad. I’ve known several preachers who always harped about some particular sin, regardless of the theme of their sermon. They couldn’t get through a message about anything without making mention of their disdain for that sin—until it was finally discovered that they themselves were guilty of it.
Finding fault seems to be the favorite pastime of a lot of folks. They are always in an uproar about something. In their mind nothing is ever right unless it’s exactly the way they want it to be. They move from one church to another and never settle down unless they get in a position of authority where they can run the show or find a church where the pastor is so cowardly that he caves in to their demands. These are trouble makers of the worst sort–a snake in the grass, wolves in sheep’s clothing. They go through life taking advantage of others, creating strife, leaving people disappointed and bitter.
Before we blame others it would do us all good to think about our own faults and failures. Even when we have been subjected to some injustice it is often better to suffer through it than to make an issue out of it. No, life isn’t always fair, but we are as much to blame as anybody else. Today you were mistreated. Yesterday you mistreated someone. If you’re going to make an issue of something let it be with your sin rather than that of the other party. Paul rebuked the Corinthians for going to law against one another and then he asked this question, ” Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?”(1 Cor. 6:7). It is not our place to try to correct every injustice. For the sake keeping peace we sometimes must suffer loss. It might be difficult but in the end it will pay great dividends–God always rewards obedience. And vengeance belongs to Him. Wrong doers will reap what they sow. Those who lie and cheat will be chastised by the Lord—just leave the matter in His hands and move on.