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02/10/2017

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A Look At Me


"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to remove the speck in your brother's eye" (Matt.7:5).

The behavior of the faultfinder is hypocritical on several levels. First is that he is not nearly as good as he thinks he is because his self-righteous eye has blinded him to his own faults. With this "abnormal vision," he thinks he can see his brother's shortcomings at a distance better than he sees his own at close range. He is in need of spiritual bifocals... The Pharisee of Lk 18:10-14 is a great example of this. "God, I thank you that I am not like other men -- robbers, evildoers, adulterers -- or even like this tax collector" (Vs.11). He was easily able to see the speck in the poor publican's eye, but was totally blind to the plank in his own. Perhaps the biggest of the faultfinder's own shortcomings is the inability to see his own... You've all heard the language... "I think I could see my own faults, if I had any..." "My next mistake will be my 1st." Here is the next mistaken level of a faultfinder... His action(s) is often motivated by the selfish and hypocritical desire to build himself up at the expense of tearing someone else down. It is the critics way of adding to his own merit by way of contrast. We all know the way it was when we were kids, and we didn't do as well as we should have. When our parents questioned our poor actions, we would try to bring up someone else who also didn't do very well either. We thought if we could draw the comparison that we would not look so bad. I can still hear my mom's words ringing in my ears today.... "I don't care about, ___________, it is your behavior I am interested in..." The real motive of the Pharisee back in Lk.18 was in this mistaken thought... He thought the comparison would make his own light seem to be brighter... We cannot make our lights shine brighter by blowing out or diminishing the lights of others. There's a lot more good stuff in this story. I hope you will follow along....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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