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Judging others with specks!

Scripture reading for July 26th: 2nd Kings 9-10, Psalm 49, Matthew 7l

Matthew 7: 1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Jesus had a good sense of humor. In this passage from the sermon on the mount, Jesus used specks of dirt in an individual eye and contrasted that with logs in the one who judges eyes! Humans have the propensity to see others faults and be blind to their own. Jesus warned against judging others harshly or at all. The measure we use to judge others will be used on us by God! We must all go to God to have the log taken out of our own eyes first in order to be able to help others with their problems. Hypocrisy is not acceptable in God’s kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 49:7-8 “Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit.

Prayer: Father God, forgive me for judging others based on my own feelings or prejudice against their attitudes or actions. By the Holy Spirit, teach me righteousness, peace, and joy as my practice of daily living that will be pleasing to You and allow You to use my life to show others Your great love. Thank You for the mercy and grace that came when You sent Jesus Christ as the ransom for my sins.

Psalm 49:15 “But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me.”

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Christ, our Judge

Scripture reading for July 10th:  Psalm 6-8, 1st Corinthians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 4:4-5  “For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.  Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church, who were divided by factions around various leaders.  They were judging each person and the leaders as well.  Paul encouraged them not to live with a judgmental spirit.   Paul admitted he could not even fairly judge himself.  God is the only fair and impartial judge.  He will bring hidden things to light in the proper time, at Christ’s return.  Each person should humbly search their own hearts.

Psalm 7:8  “The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” 

Prayer:  Oh Lord, the Righteous Judge, help me to be free from a critical and judgmental spirit.  Judge me according to Christ’s righteousness, on which I depend.  Amen.

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Specks and planks!

Scripture reading for March 25th: Luke 6:39-7:10

It is always easy to see the faults in others and to miss your own.  We tend to be willfully blind to any problems we may have.  It is not easy to change ourselves and impossible unless we acknowledge that there is a problem.  This first step is hard because of pride.  Admitting weakness or sin makes us feel ashamed or worthless.  Often we really don’t want to change either.  We may use our weakness or our sin as a crutch to help us get by or give us an excuse as to why we are like we are.

Jesus told the people a parable to help them see their trouble.  “Can a blind man lead a blind man?   Will they not both fall into a pit?  A student is not above His teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like His teacher.  Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:39-42)

The Pharisees had been deriding Jesus and His disciples for various small issues.  They didn’t like them eating with ‘sinners and tax collectors’ whom they considered ‘unclean’.  This was a ‘speck’ they were trying to remove from Jesus’ eye while Jesus was showing them the plank in their eye!  (Luke 5:31)  The Pharisees condemned Jesus for healing the man with the shriveled hand on the Sabbath, thus doing work on a day of rest.  Jesus tried to help them with their ‘plank’–missing the mercy and love of God towards hurting people, even on the Sabbath.  (Luke 6:9-11)

Christians must guard against the ‘planks’ that come to block our vision and cause us to judge others.  With the judgment we give, it will be measured back to us!  (Luke 6:37-28)  What ‘planks’ are sticking out of your eye today?  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

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Of specks and planks!

Scripture reading for March 25th: Luke 6:39-7:10

It is always easy to see the faults in others and to miss your own.  We tend to be willfully blind to any problems we may have.  It is not easy to change ourselves and impossible unless we acknowledge that there is a problem.  This first step is hard because of pride.  Admitting weakness or sin makes us feel ashamed or worthless.  Often we really don’t want to change either.  We may use our weakness or our sin as a crutch to help us get by or give us an excuse as to why we are like we are.

Jesus told the people a parable to help them see their trouble.  “Can a blind man lead a blind man?   Will they not both fall into a pit?  A student is not above His teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like His teacher.  Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:39-42)

The Pharisees had been deriding Jesus and His disciples for various small issues.  They didn’t like them eating with ‘sinners and tax collectors’ whom they considered ‘unclean’.  This was a ‘speck’ they were trying to remove from Jesus’ eye while Jesus was showing them the plank in their eye!  He had come to save ‘sinners’, not those who were righteous!  (Luke 5:31)  The Pharisees condemned Jesus for healing the man with the shriveled hand on the Sabbath, thus doing work on a day of rest.  Jesus tried to help them with their ‘plank’–missing the mercy and love of God towards hurting people, even on the Sabbath.  (Luke 6:9-11)

Christians must guard against the ‘planks’ that come to block our vision and cause us to judge others.  With the judgment we give, it will be measured back to us!  (Luke 6:37-28)  What ‘planks’ are sticking out of your eye today?  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

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