“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye..”

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Happy Wednesday Saints.

Matthew 7:5 in The Message Bible says, “DON’T PICK ON PEOPLE, JUMP ON THEIR FAILURES, CRITICIZE THEIR FAULTS… IT’S EASY TO SEE A SMUDGE ON YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S FACE AND BE OBLIVIOUS TO THE UGLY SNEER ON YOUR OWN. DO YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY, ‘LET ME WASH YOUR FACE FOR YOU,’ WHEN YOUR OWN FACE IS DISTORTED WITH CONTEMPT? IT’S THIS WHOLE TRAVELING ROAD-SHOW MENTALITY ALL OVER AGAIN. PLAYING A HOLIER-THAN-THOU PART INSTEAD OF JUST LIVING YOUR PART. WIPE THAT UGLY SNEER OFF YOUR OWN FACE, AND YOU MIGHT BE FIT TO OFFER A WASHCLOTH TO YOUR NEIGHBOUR.”

Some people talk more about the weaknesses and failures of others than they do their own. Their focus on the faults of others makes them feel better about their own shortcomings. The only problem is, criticising others won’t solve one’s own issues.

Shining the light on the sins and weaknesses of others won’t remove what we leave hidden in the dark. The best thing that all of us can do is shine the light on ourselves FIRST.

Hypocrites have a “HOLIER-THAN-THOU” mentality. Their righteous indignation may make them feel a little better about their own sins, but it still leaves them suffering from sin’s effects.

Before we speak to others, we must JUDGE OURSELVES FIRST. What is a speck in our neighbour’s eye but a LOG in our own, signifies that dealing with our own sins and weaknesses is more important than dealing with our neighbour’s.

“A VICE WHICH IS IN THYSELF, DO NOT SPEAK OF TO THY NEIGHBOUR.” A Jewish Proverb

A vice which is in ourselves must be reformed first. And then, once we have succeeded in our reformation, we MIGHT BE FIT TO OFFER A WASHCLOTH TO OUR NEIGHBOUR.

Have a fabulous day. God bless and lots’a love,

Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff