From the "Writings of Elder Moses D. Denman" published around 1908.
THE PHARISEES "FOUND FAULT"
Mark vii. 2.
Beloved Brethren and Friend:--Do we prove ourselves Pharisees, by finding fault? If so, do let us quit it, and "mortify the deeds of the body," or condemn and speak of our own faults, as our Lord commands.
This evil surmising, or meditating and talking of the faults of others, will always cause coldness and increase trouble. Brother, sister, when we fail to confess our own faults one to another and give ourselves to thinking or speaking of the faults of others, do we enjoy the sweet comfort of God's love in our hearts? No, we do not. But these sins separate, or estrange us from our God; and so our love grows cold.
The habit of faultfinding is very bad fruit, and shows the condition of the heart is bad. "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." Matt. xii. 35. Our Saviour continues, "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Then dear saints, how much more think you, account shall be given of every unkind word. But oh my soul, if we speak of the faults of those for whom Christ died, we sin still more, and grieve the Holy Spirit.
My brethren, let us obey our loving Lord's command when He says, "Love as brethren; be pitiful, be courteous; nor rendering evil for evil or railing for railing; but contrariwise blessing." I Pet. iii. 8. As our lips shall soon be still in death, and in view of our Saviour's great love and forgiveness, let us not speak of the faults of others, specially of those for whom Christ has suffered so much!
As the priests sanctified themselves seven days or a whole period, before ministering in holy things so, beloved, let us consecrate our hearts and lives to God. Oh, brethren and sisters, we need to consecrate ourselves, in humble penitent confession, and prayer to God, that we may cease from finding fault, obey our Lord, and "abide in His love."
May God give us grace to humbly read and meditate on these things, for our dear Redeemer's sake.
Yours in bonds of love,
Sparta, Tex. M.D. DENMAN.
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