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The Log And The Twig

Updated on December 30, 2011

It seems to me that many people think their way is the right way and there is no other. I must confess that I have stepped into those shoes myself at times.

Sometimes we read the Bible and we judge others without looking in the mirror and seeing our own lives.

Some examples I have witnessed or even been a participant are:

  • A person shouldn't be in this church because they are a drug addict; being stated by a person who smokes cigarettes.
  • A person shouldn't hunt deer because that is killing and the Bible says it is a sin to kill; coming from a person who regularly gets speeding tickets in their sports car.
  • You are not married since you didn't stand in front of a preacher with a crowd in the church behind you even though you made vows in front of God and two witnesses; stated by a person who sat and cheered two men beating each other at a boxing match the night before.
  • A person who says it is wrong and unlawful to eat pork but has a problem with cussing every once in awhile.

I could go on and on, but I think you probably get the idea.

These pictures may help you understand the Bible verse I will quote. Scroll down and hear the Lord Jesus' teachings.

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Judging Others

Jesus was very clear on this whole subject. What did he say? Let's take a look from the Weymouth New Testament:

Luke 6:42 says: How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take that splinter out of your eye,' when all the while you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? Vain pretender! take the beam out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother's eye.

In the pictures, I used a log and a twig, but it means the same.

We, as people, can be very quick to judge others on their lives and don't even look at our lives. I am sure this has been since the dawn of time, but I notice it even more now. With the technology we have, it is very easy to judge others.

It is my opinion that Jesus could enter any church; Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, Methodist, Baptist, so on and so forth, and find something wrong in all. Does that mean He doesn't love us? No way, He loves us deeply and with a perfect and pure love.

Now don't get me wrong here, we don't need to accept and sin as someone else we know is. If so and so is doing drugs, it doesn't mean we go do them either or we accept it. A caring, loving heart will tell them we feel they are hurting themselves and their family, but not condemn them and kick them out of the fold.

We all have our issues. We all were born into sin and we all need to work our own salvation:

The apostle Paul was led by the Holy Spirit this scripture:

Philippians 2:12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Yes, we should concern ourselves with others coming to know Jesus, but we need to look in the mirror too.

As I look in the mirror this day, I see many issues I need fixed. I pray that Jesus will help me pull this log out of my own eye so that I can help pull twigs out of other people's eyes.

May we all get along and may we all feel and know Jesus in our hearts.

Praise Him!


Let's think before we speak; even better yet, let's think before we think. Let's think on Jesus. How would He think?

I want to be more like Jesus everyday. If we all did; wow: what could be accomplished!

God bless you all and may Jesus guide and lead us in all thoughts and deeds.

© G.L. Boudonck


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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 5 years ago from PA

      @ Inever said I had universal awarness. Like I said, it is not about universal awareness, it is about He who made the universe. Oh, and by the way . . . . Your wrong again. ;D

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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      @oscarwms: I hate to say it, but it is true: Jesus doesn't even have a dang birth date! I have asked many people, even preacher folks, and nobody can answer that... Even amid all of the supposed "holy select chosen ones and God's favorites," a.k.a. Jews from the precious Holy Land, they don't even accept Jesus as a savior, at least the majority doesn't. Personally, just my opinion of course, I think the whole virgin birth via divine interaction is quite disgustful... Eww! Uh, yeah, I'm thinking wrong for what? Thinking?

      Don't get me wrong, you sound like a great person and most likely wouldn't invoke much argument from me, but please, lets try to be a little more open-minded here.

      If you tell me I'm wrong one more time, I will not be so friendly however, as I'm about sick and tired of hearing from people with feign claims of universal awareness. We are on planet Earth right now, so deal with it!

      Other than that, whatever works for you is what counts and good luck and God bless! :D

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 5 years ago from PA

      @Insane, you are thinking wrong you just don't know it. See how you nit pick over one misspelled word? It is not about the inner workings of the universe. It is about the creator of the univers. You get that right and everything else will fall in line. "For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisibble, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him" (Colossians 1:16) "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:3) "And this is life eternal, that they might know the the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

      The unraveling of the mysteries is right before you. God made you that he might have fellowship with you and that you might glorify Him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      @oscarwrms: For God's sake, at least fix the MAJOR typo on your dang profile! You said, on your current profile (at the time I'm replying to this), that you are a "Cirtified Biblical Counselor." Holy Divine Dung, it should be "Certified Biblical Counselor."

      I'm not a grammatical fanatic or anything, but at least get ya profile together, geez!

      As for your comment/reply:

      Well, thanks for the blessings, but seriously, I'm not thinking wrong in my mind, so hence forth self justification via experience, knowledge, and know-how.

      However, I must say, sadly, I haven't figured out the inner workings of the universe, and maybe one day I will unravel all of life's mysteries, like you proclaim to have done. At any holy rate, good luck and God bless and have an awesome new year; cheers!

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 5 years ago from PA

      @ Insane:If a man thinks right, he will be right. If he thinks wrong, he will be wrong. If he thinks nothing, he will be nothing. As Emerson stated it, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." A mans innermost thoughts determine what he is. What a man thinks about himself have a profound influence upon him. An unwarrented confidence will lead to a fall. on the other hand, a degraded opinion of himself can become a seed plot for a work of Satan in his life. Unless the mind is changed, a man is unable to lift his thoughs above the pleasurs and problems of daily living. You need the mind of Christ, you need a healing of the mind. "Just as I am- poor, wretched, blind; Sight,riches, healing of the mind, yea, all I need in thee to find O lamb of God, I come! I come!" -Ernes B. Rockstad- Wake up dude!

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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      @Froggy213: What issues? You mean, I've got real-world non-mystic reality to deal with? Sure, I can accept reality, so no problem here. How about you?

      Me, no thoughts and beliefs? Trust me, I'm a tank full of thoughts, imagination, and creativity; I just don't splatter it all over the place online, and especially not on this site - since it is not mine or whatever.

      Anyway, I didn't take anything out on you; just stating the obvious. If you have no idea about what I mean when I say "holier than thou" beings, then what rock did you crawl out from under? I have met many "saved" ones over the years, and I've also did my research and work in the fields of religions, myths, legends, and folklore, as well.

      Although interesting, even though it causes a lot of conflict, we still do not live in a spiritual world - no matter how ya look at it. We live in a physical world at the moment and I'll live it as long as possible, for that is my main concern.

      Speaking of such, there has never been anything magical proven to ever exist in this 3 dimensional realm of reality, but maybe we can see some in the near future so ya won't have people like me contaminate your hubs. ha! Cheers!

      @oscarwms: That's right, humanity is an insane race of confused beings, many of which choose to neglect the mundane worldly matters in this current hologram of existence and elect to only think about otherworldly, invisible, unprovable things, like you most likely do so well. I find it too easy and not very challenging to ponder over such mysterious things for an extended amount of time - due to rational, logical, common sense, so I stick to the mundane matters and utilize the otherworldy stuff for creative writing, fictional tales, science fiction, dreams, and fantastical thoughts.

      Maybe I need to be more like a kid again, but I'm currently living in a grown-up world that is currently spiralling down the toilet, but I try to keep my side afloat, clean, shiny and so on... LOL!

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      Dr. Oscar A. Williams, Jr. 5 years ago from PA

      He call himself "Insane Mundane for a reason. You just got a taste of it.

      But concerning kicking someone out of the fold. That is Biblical. (I Cor.5:1-5) For the purpose of discipline to bring him back in the fold a better person. If you read II Corinthians the brother did repent and was welcomed back into the fold.

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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from In Nebraska After Hurricane Maria

      Wow, you've got issues!

      Have I said anything on your hubs that deserved this?

      You don't know me, but you take your issues out on me. Good luck with your thoughts and beliefs, because all you really have is luck from what I can tell.

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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      Islamic faith and Christian belief rarely squabble over simple twigs and logs, even if you truly intended some type of symbolic metaphor. What I detest, is all of the supposed "holier than thou" beings going around claiming to be "saved" and yet, doing much worse (and way more wicked things) than ordinary folks with common sense, but hallelujah, if ya got Jesus on your side, one can pretty much prostitute yourself and all is well. Uh, in conclusion, what a load of steaming dung; praise be! LOL!

      Many thanks for this highly humorous hub. Keep 'em coming... :D

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Good hub Froggy213...we the human!!!...God loves us unconditionally; that is why Jesus died for us. Without God we can not make it.