Did you ever trust someone’s counsel and later on found out that it led you unto the wrong way? How about your own advice to others?
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are Perfection. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we look at the imperfection of others and are tempted to judge them. How can we, as fallen human beings, think more highly of ourselves than we should? What are we and where would we be without You? Help us, LORD, that we may in lowliness of mind esteem others better than ourselves. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
Why, understanding that only God could keep us on the right path, would we ever want to go a different way? Adam chose to listen to his wife instead of obeying God’s command. Are we any different?
We need to remember, just like Paul did, that as long as we are walking on this earth we — and others — are not perfect. Perfection only exists in heaven!
We have not yet attained, are not already perfect; there is still much wanting in all our duties, and graces, and comforts. If Paul had not attained to perfection (who had reached to so high a pitch of holiness), much less have we.
Is it always wrong to listen to the advice of others? Of course, not. It is also not wrong to give good counsel to others. While doing so, it is wise to remind ourselves to:
Test all things, and hold fast to that which is good.