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08/14/2008

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Judging And Misjudging

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye" (Matt.7:3)?

You have probably had studies or heard sermons based on this scripture. What a humorous picture that it makes. You can see the cartoon it would make, can't you? If we are to be effective representatives for Jesus, we must have a consistency in our daily living. In the "over exaggerated" example, Jesus teaches a lesson in what should be our attitude toward others.

What this exaggeration teaches is an amplification of the shortcomings in another's life, while overlooking the larger ones in our own. Jesus never wanted us to be self-appointed judges.(Matt.7:1) Do we have a right to criticize someone who's faults may not be as serious as ours? What happens is that our own faults impair the spiritual vision to the extent that we cannot criticize constructively.

Lets face it....Nobody likes a "faultfinder." The habit may develop however without our awareness. The worst thing we may do is to attach wrong motives to the actions of others. Attaching wrong motives without knowing all the facts. With incorrect or insufficient information, we may rush to judgement. It is simply a lack of wisdom. The worst case scenario is that those who are wrongly criticized will become injured by being misjudged or even have their character shattered.

Jesus went on to tell us in v5 "to first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." To me it is clear that Jesus is teaching us to get our own lives in order before we take on the task of helping others. To examine our own lives to be sure that they are right in the sight of God. Maybe a more prudent approach to take to use our power of discernment to intercede rather than criticize.

The rule for each of us may be found in v12. "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." Its hard to go wrong there.

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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