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The Log And The Twig
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.
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.
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