and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to life up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6
Seeing things that are wrong in other people is an easy thing to do. No matter who a person looks at, he can usually find something wrong. People are very quick to point out wrongs in another person.
Yet, they often forget that they, also, have faults in their own lives. Often the faults of others are a result in how they were trained or not trained on how to do something. Leaders have to take responsibility on how their followers act or react.
Ezra was noticing how the people were starting to live in sin again. They were breaking some of God’s commands. When he found out about it, he immediately began to humble himself and pray to God. He confessed the sins of all the people, including himself in the confession.
While it is easy to judge another person for sin, it is another thing to include oneself in that guilt of sin. Every believer is to be a leader in this world. They are to lead and guide others to Christ Jesus and to live for God, following His commands.
Jesus led and guided the disciples, then told them they must also do the same and make more disciples. Believers today must do the same. When one sees others messing up and living in sin, he can include himself in the confession, instead of just pointing fingers. Every person has sinned.
It could be that a person is living in a sin, because a believer did not tell him about Jesus and God’s commands. This includes the believer in the sin.
Just as Jesus took on the sins of the world, Ezra had taken on the sins of the people. You can also take on the sins of others and repent of the sins to God. Strive to lead people back to God and seek God’s mercy on every one around you.
Instead of judging and destroying people, seek to build them up in Christ Jesus. No one is without sin, so all need to confess their sins to God. Include yourself in that process and the world will see your love for them, rather than just judgement.
Then believe that Jesus can and has forgiven you and others. Rest in His grace and don’t stay condemned.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will guide others towards God’s mercy; that you will confess any sins to God; and that God will change you and those around you.