Monday, April 30, 2012

Walking In Love - Specks And Planks

"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV)

In these verses we see a situation that too often repeats itself, someone pointing out the problems of another person without taking note of their own problem areas.  It is quite sad to me how frequently I have seen or heard stories of someone who is quick to point out something negative about someone else.  It is easy to spend time looking for the problems that other people have but it is better to look for areas in our own life that need development.  Besides that, the New Testament says more about building up and encouraging others than about judging one another.

If we read 1 Corinthians 13, and specifically verses four through seven, we get a very good view of what love is; my favorite Bible version of these verses is the Amplified version.  In 1 Corinthians 13 we see that love is patient, kind, not touchy, it bears up under anything and everything, and love believes the best about other people.  Try to point fingers at others and judge them with all of that in mind!

How much time do we spend looking for ways to build people up, encourage them and help them go the right direction?  If we focused more on helping people go the right direction then we would not have to be so concerned about people going the wrong direction.   Let's spend more time dealing with our own "planks" and not be so concerned about the "specks" we see in the lives of others.  Remember that God is love and He does not just spend all of His time telling you about your problems but instead He is trying to help you grow and develop spiritually so that you can be an effective part of the Body of Christ.  That is a good example to follow!

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