imageBy Vernalee
Are you the first to criticize? Are you more busier critiquing and analyzing others than trying to improve yourself? Probably! Maybe, you have fallen into that sphere where there is nothing wrong with you. It’s always the other person who is at fault; always the other person who took the wrong steps. You want admit it because the words are hard to the listening ear. But you know that it’s true. Right? Before you realize it, you can get caught up watching others and keeping up with their affairs, while yours are falling by the wayside. What a time consuming process! I’ll say.
For certain, it is correct that you can see others better than yourself. No one will dispute that fact. When you watch others so critically that you can find their needle in their haystack, your microscopic vision has probably gone too far. The time that you are spending critiquing, criticizing, and judging is out of control. Somewhere along the way, we forgot that only God can judge. Concomitantly, we overlooked the fact that only Jesus Christ was perfect.
Matthew 7:1-5 tells us:
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 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.”
Some biblical translations refer to the log as a straw. It’s more contemporary. Though more relatable, the concept is the same. If you clear your mind, certainly you will be able to see yourself better; your vision becomes clearer. A clearer view of you may put right before your very eyes and hopefully help you to understand that you are no better than most. Your circumstances may have shielded you from some experiences, but at the core, the similarities exist.
Since you can see so well, have you ever considered helping the person that you feel is beneath you with words of wisdom or guidance that will lift them up and remove their deficiencies? Since your view of them is frontal, a helping hand is easier. Removing the “speck” from your brother’s eye is so easy; it’s a piece of cake.
Caution: Don’t help your brother partially or meet him half way; come full circle. If you can help and don’t, who’s worse? The answer is right before your eyes! It’s even bigger than a “speck.”
God’s Word, the Bible, has it all. We just need to read it and follow the instructions as written without extrapolating and justifying the words to fit our course of actions. After all, when we do that, we are satisfying us, not God.
Happy Sunday. Blessings!
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