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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What Are You Looking At?

The people of Jeremiah's day just like ours made a lot of bad choices. One of the worse choices we make is when we decide to point out someone else's sin. We can see a practical application of Godly choosing principles from Jesus’ teachings as found in Matthew 7:1-5

1. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

The ramification and practical application of these verses are life changing. We are not to judge others unless we are prepared to be measured likewise. We must stop obsessing on other people’s sin and things in our minds that are not right. We usually approach someone who has offended us with “righteous” indignation where in fact we should be looking in the mirror at ourselves! If we follow the logic in Jesus’ words we should attend to our own shortcomings and sins. Once we have sufficiently asked for and received forgiveness then we can help someone with theirs. When we follow this wisdom then we will deal with each other with more love, care, grace, and mercy. The outcome will not only make for a better solution to the problem, but will also be more beneficial to both parties for eternity.

Be wise today and always - keep your foot out of your mouth and the plank out of your eye!