The Planks in Our Own Eyes

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“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 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?”

Matthew 7: 1, 3

Here the Messiah teaches us not to be hypocrites! So often people we know make it clear that they are not perfect. And what do we do? We judge them.

Inside, something within us condemns them. How can we tell if we are judging people too much? Ask yourself one question when you think about the person: “Do I think I’m better than they are?” If yes, then you may be judging them.

Now this is entirely different than speaking out, against things that seem to be morally wrong. The lines can get blurred and it may be difficult to see the difference, however usually speaking out is more global, perhaps regarding a policy on immigration that is harmful to people. Whereas judging others is about individuals. Having opinions about policies and expressing them is OK!

And notice this verse speaks of getting rid of the planks in our own eyes! Usually we are far worse than the person we judge. That my friends, is called the sin of pride.

Lord God help us to see the planks in our own eyes, so we can get rid of them, and may we not judge our brothers or sisters. May we have humble hearts that seek to follow You! Amen.


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Healing and God’s Will


“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Filled with compassion, the Messiah reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Mark 1:40-42

So why does God not heal this way today? Some would argue that he does, and that we simply need faith to believe it, and receive it. Well it could be true that there is less faith in the modern world today, but we should never judge someone when they are sick.

And although faith is important it is not some type of energy force that can go up or down on some type of scale, when we have more or less of it. In this example from the Gospel of Mark, it was God’s will for the man to be healed. But how can we say that it’s God’s will for everyone? We cannot say that. Otherwise no one would die.

Do you know what? I think God uses doctors and nurses and medicine all the time, to bring healing to people. We have much more available in the way of miraculous medicine now. There are some miracles here and there, but its ok for God to bring healing differently today.

And besides, ever seen a minister with a healing ministry? There is tremendous pressure on that minister to think too highly of himself, and to enter into the sin of pride. God is not interested in ministers being exalted, no! People cannot handle and should not handle that much temptation to sin.

So maybe God heals people today the way He does, because of His great compassion, including for ministers.

God is to be praised forever and ever, amen!


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Judging and Discerning


“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way

you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure

you use, it will be measured to you.”

Matthew 7: 1, 2

In today’s language this means, “what comes around, goes around.” Or another way of saying it is, “you reap what you sow.” Yet in other places the Scriptures instruct us to be discerning, or to discern.

So what is the difference between judging, and discerning? Well judging, especially in this portion, seems to mean to condemn. Judging is for God to do, not really for humans, except for those in high positions of authority.

Ever known someone filled with religious pride? Pretty awful right? That’s because of the sin of pride leading them to judge, or to condemn others.

Now discerning is different, because it involves having wisdom, or insight about a given situation. Remember God’s version of wisdom is first pure, then peaceable (I love the book of James!). So when we are discerning, it is God leading us with wonderful insight!

Thank You God for leading us with insight about our lives, and the circumstances we face each day. Help us to have a humble wisdom, without the harsh, proudful aspects of judging others. Help us to be guided by You, and live for You! Amen.


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