The late Dr. Hodge of Virginia used to tell of two Christian...

The late Dr. Hodge of Virginia used to tell of two Christian men who "fell out." One heard the other was talking about him, and he went to him and said, "Will you be kind enough to tell my faults to my face, that I may profit by your Christian candor and try to get rid of them?" "Yes, sir," replied the other, "I will do it." They went aside and the former said: "Before you commence telling what you think wrong in me, will you please kneel down with me, and let us pray over it, that my eyes may be opened to see my faults as you will tell them? You lead in the prayer." It was done, and when the prayer was over, the man who had sought the interview said: "Now proceed with what you have to complain of in me." But the other replied: "After praying over it, it looks so little that it is not worth while talking about. The truth is, I feel now that in going around talking against you, I have been serving the devil myself, and I have need that you pray for me and forgive me the wrong I have done you." Much fault-finding would thus result, if the same method were employed. The greater fault is many times in the fault-finder.

October 28, 1911

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