Happy Monday Saints.
Last week, we ended with the thought that if we really wanted to help others, we should start with working on ourselves first.
We are being judgemental when we pay more attention to the speck in someone else’s eye while disregarding the log in our own.
Before Jesus spoke about the hypocrisy of dealing with someone else’s sin when we are guilty of doing the same, He said in the preceding verses, “DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS, AND YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED. FOR YOU WILL BE TREATED AS YOU TREAT OTHERS. THE STANDARD YOU USE IN JUDGING, IS THE STANDARD BY WHICH YOU WILL BE JUDGED. AND WHY WORRY ABOUT A SPECK IN YOUR FRIEND’S EYE WHEN YOU HAVE A LOG IN YOUR OWN?” Matthew 7:1-3
My wife Julie once said that being judgmental “puts our own well-being and connection with others at risk.”
No one likes their faults to be pointed out by a hypocrite. And when we mercilessly do the same to others, we jeopardise our relationships.
The Apostle Paul asked in Romans 2:21, “YOU WHO PREACH AGAINST STEALING, DO YOU STEAL?”
And that’s a good question for all of us to ask ourselves before we speak to others about their sins and weaknesses – “DO I DO THE SAME THING?”
If you have not first removed the LOG out of your own eye – for the sake of your relationship with the other person – SAY NOTHING about the speck in theirs.
Examine your own heart and life first. Judge YOURSELF first and be merciful with others. The world would be a much better place if we all worked on our own flaws and weaknesses. And instead of judging others too harshly, we should all be a little more gracious towards one another.
Have an absolutely fabulous week. God bless, and lots’a love,