“We judge others by their actions but judge ourselves by our motives.”
It’s easier to say, “Man that guy’s screwed up! What he is doing is so wrong.”
But when we find ourselves doing the same thing, we say, “Well, that wasn’t really my intention. I had good motives.”
God asked Job,
“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Would you condemn me to justify yourself?” (Job 40:8-9)
We are masters at self-deception. We can justify anything and everything if we wanted to. And at the end of it all, even blame God for our circumstances we’re going through, when in the first place, we put it upon ourselves because of our idiocy.
We project our self-righteousness upon others. Didn’t you notice that when it’s someone else, we call it “sin?” But when it’s us, we say we just have “issues?”
We’re self-deceived. That is why we need Someone to point it out and tell it like it is.
And which is why grace is such an integral part of walking with Him.