The Ways of a Man Are Clean in His Own Eyes
Jesse M. Hendley
Proverbs 16:2 says, "The ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits."
This is a tremendous statement of God, one little gem from this great Book of Proverbs that tells us the tremendous fact that God is the only One Who can accurately estimate a man's life.
First, let us look at man's estimate of himself, how we estimate ourselves, how we grade ourselves. Oh, beloved, today isn't this a tremendous fact about unregenerate human beings? Isn't it true to some degree of the rest of us (according to whether we study God's Word or not, or live a spiritual life or not) that all the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes?
There are people today in prison who would tell you, if you were to go up to them and ask them, that they didn't do anything "wrong," that they are there because they have been "unjustly treated." Ask nearly every man in a jail cell if he is there justly and if justice has been done, and what he did wrong to get there, and he will tell you he didn't do anything wrong, that he has been "mistreated." The ways of a man are clean in his own eyes!
In the matter of morals, there are people today who are defying the old moral laws and shocking people who were brought up with real decency and morality. They do these immoral things, yet they justify themselves in their own eyes---the way they dress, the way they talk, the way they act, the way they do. There isn't anybody in this city who would go to sleep tonight UNSAVED and without Jesus Christ if they didn't just justify themselves in their own eyes! "I'm all right. I am clean. There is nothing wrong with me." God says, "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes."
This is a strange delusion. Man is born into this world with a sinful nature and will attempt to justify whatever he does. We are born into this world in such a condition that we think we do no wrong, or never call it ...
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