Judging Yourself First
The Upward Look
© Copyright 2013, Max D. Hutto,
“And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? . . . You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.” Matthew 7:3-5 NASB
With obvious and intentional exaggeration, Jesus states a great principle. Before one can judge the actions of another person, he must first judge and correct his own actions. Notice the great contrast between a speck and a log. A speck is a small particle of dust or wood. A log is a large beam or board such as a “2x4". One must remove the faults and sins in one’s own life before confronting another.
Lord Jesus, I am thankful for Your forgiveness of my sins. Help me to learn how to live righteously and then to share with others Your mercy and grace.
May 31, 2013
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