Food for thought….Don’t Look For That Speck in Your Brother’s Eye

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“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

This scripture is used so often, I have heard it used in many circumstances among believers.  Hypocrisy is so destructive and damaging in the life of a christian.  Not only to ourselves but to everyone around us.  We see the same type of hypocrisy in Luke 18 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself,God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get’ 

Here is my main point, my eye-opener……look at the result of this type of hypocrisy, this scripture goes on to say…..
“But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.”

Do you see the justice in our God? The man who cries out to God, calls himself a sinner, and felt he was unworthy to even look up to heaven, THAT MAN WENT HOME JUSTIFIED.  

Sisters, please, I cannot tell you how often I have seen believers become critics who spend their time finding the faults in others.  I assure you, that what measure you judge will be judged back to you.  I have seen it happen.  It is tragic. 

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” When we focus on what others are doing, we become blinded to our own sins.  We were driving home in a snow storm yesterday, my husband pointed out that a driver in the other lane was driving way too fast.  I looked over at my husband who was looking in his rearview mirror as we passed the other driver.  He said “look, that guy is going off the road now!” My response was “And so are we now!!!!” He safely drove us home, but because he was so concerned with that the other driver was doing wrong, it put us into a bad situation as well. 

That same things happens in our walks as believers, we get so concerned over what someone else is doing, so critical of their choices, that we have plunged ourselves into sin by judging our brothers and sisters. Love covers a multitude of sins.   A self-righteous believer will find the small, slight faults in other believers, yet be blind to her own.  I pray that I would love people beyond their imperfections, just as I want them to love me beyond mine.  Love covers. 

 

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