Matthew 7:3, 5 NIV 2011
“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?
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Jesus spoke succinctly regarding judging others. He pointed specifically to the hypocrites in the assembly, character mattered. By testing their purpose they could evaluate their judgment. Jesus rebuked hypocrites. He used hyperbolic language as He did other times to make His point. Matthew 19:24, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Looking beyond the circumstance by looking at themselves was Jesus’ challenge to those assembled. Self-examination would produce self-change. Obeying Christ’s commands changes the lives of Christians.
Almost finished with our study of Romans this year, today we discussed Romans 15:14-33 ending with this, “The God of peace be with you all, Amen.” When my eyes are focused on Christ, I receive God’s peace that passes understanding. His peace aids me in avoiding any of the enemy’s arrows that might be aimed my way. By daily looking toward Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, my thoughts must remain in line with His. Obediently living for Jesus is life changing.
What changes do we need to make?
Lives changed by Jesus,