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15. The Log in Your Eye

Matthew 7:3

"And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?

 

It is much easier to see the fault in someone else, even if his flaw is merely a reflection of your own. Jesus instructs us to look inward when it comes to judging. There are plenty of things wrong with everyone you see, but pointing out their faults only makes them defensive and builds up walls of resentment. What Jesus is talking about in this parable is that self-examination is the first step in righteous judgement. We must judge ourselves in the light of our King who reminds us to "But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." This perfection is humanly impossible to achieve, but Jesus leads us into His righteousness one step at a time.

 

"If a man cannot be a Christian in the place he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere." -Henry Ward Beecher

 

Prayer, Lord your commandments are right and bring joy to my heart. Your commands give clear insight to living, make whole and clean like you.

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