Blinders On

Posted on Apr 15 , 2014 in Grace & Ministries & Words Of Jesus

Blinders On

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 19:12
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
– Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82

Modern self-absorption aside, the above meaning from the Elizabethan lines from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, suggests that by taking care of yourself first, you’ll be in a position to take care, or have empathy, for others. But there are some pieces missing to the puzzle.

While that is a much more Biblical meaning, of course, it is dubious if that was Mr. Shakespeare’s meaning since there is no direct evidence of his religious affiliation.

Also given that “to err is human; to forgive, divine” (Alexander Pope, “Essay on Criticism”),
gratification of self, or the flesh before the concern for others, is a driving fault in broken humanity. How can anyone other than God truly know the intention or heart of another?

In other words, mankind appears to have blinders on since they obviously miss their own hidden faults and mistakes so often and tend to look outward at the errors and aberrations of others first. Somewhere along the line being true to yourself does not equate to taking care of others because self tends to take over before you even get to the needs of others.

Jesus had something to say about that;

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

What we need to do as believers is abide in Christ continually so that His light shines outwardly from us, removing the blinders from within, and letting us clearly see our own errors and faults first, so we do not judge others and can then share the good news of His salvation without stumbling about blindly in the muck of self-absorption.

It is only through the eyes of Christ can we see beyond self, past our errors of judgement and criticism, to the true needs of others which is for a path to righteousness, one of God’s many attributes we must claim through His grace, to have eternal life with Him.

Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:7 (NLT)

If we divorce ourselves from self through Christ the blinders are removed and we are accurately free to be true to any man.

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