You Preached Right at Me
Frequently after a preacher of the gospel declares the pure and plain Word of God in a scriptural and forceful manner, someone in the audience will complain to him, “You preached right at me!” Actually it is a good thing for the complainer to apply the lesson in a personal and individual way, but usually the complainer is offended because the preacher has “stepped on his toes.”
Many preachers of the gospel can tell you from first hand experience that frequently a member of the church becomes offended because he feels as if the preacher was “talking about him.” When a person makes this statement you can be certain that the preacher probably was speaking about him, and all others in his condition! We have all heard the expression: ” If the shoe fits, wear it.” If the truth spoken condemns your condition, then repent, because if you do not repent you will perish. This is plain Bible.
One great principle we all need to learn is this: The gospel lesson is true, not because of who preaches it; but because of what is preached
Any human is capable of believing and teaching error, and we must humble our-selves and realize that we can be wrong. Be honest enough to admit your own errors and be courageous enough to change when found in error. It takes courage to say, “I was wrong.”
As you learn the truth, do not become offended but rather be happy with your discovery. To say, “I was wrong,” when you learn the truth is but to say, “I am wiser today than I was yesterday. Sermons are preached, not simply to be liked, but to be lived. Always apply each gospel lesson to your own life (Read Matt. 7:1-5). Always be as kind and tolerant with others as you want them to be with you (Matt. 7:12 ). Receive “the word with all readiness of mind, examining the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11 ). The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.