“Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.” Thomas à Kempis
There is no one more vile than I. For no one is more adept at destroying the work of God than my selfish nature which lives within me.
No matter what knowledge I have concerning righteousness, my roommate called selfishness knows nothing, desires nothing, and can produce nothing on his own. At the base of things, he only knows how to play with mud.
What counsel is there in these things? I see this: be careful not to judge the sinners all around us. For with one touch of the love of God, anyone of them can out strip us with the doings of the Holy Spirit. Despise the action, but be ready to embrace the actor.
The one to whom much is forgiven, the same will love much. The one who is released from the deepest and darkest of dungeons will love the open spaces more. He understands captivity, and now embraces freedom with a violence.
But the one who does not perceive his own wickedness, this one sees no need to praise. Righteous humility eludes him.
God has raised mighty men from the sewer in the past. Rest assured, he is doing so today.