Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Beams and motes

And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. – Matthew 7.3-5

These verses are a perfect follow on and illustration of verses 1-2 that talk about judging. They describe a wonderful illustration that I wish I was artist enough to illustrate.

‘Why do you look at and judge your brother for the speck of dust in his eye when you have a wooden beam sticking out of you eye? You can’t see well enough to judge hum until you deal with your own sin.’

That really addresses the judgement issue doesn’t it.

We are happy to judge others for their sexual sins but ignore our pride.
We are happy to judge their anger but ignore our lack of faith.
We are happy to judge their evil tongues but ignore our gossip and backbiting

For some reason we tend to think that our sins are not as bad as theirs.

So while this massive railroad tie is sticking out in our eyes we are searching the next guy for a speck of dust. Something is seriously wrong here.

Judging others is a dangerous road to go down. I think we are better off to share the gospel and stand for what is right and love others and leave the judgement up to God.

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