As we near the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus breaks out a parable.
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? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log 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
Since we have spent a bunch of time talking about judging and all that, I will not beat that horse today. I am pretty sure it stopped moving a couple days ago.
The thing that jumps out at me today, is as we break out of our hypocrisy, through repentance, we actually get clear vision! With clear vision we can actually help others to break free from the lies that hold them in check.
I know I talk about repentance fairly often, but that is because I believe it is one of the most misunderstood concepts in Christendom. We give it a negative connotation, when it is one of the greatest gifts God gives.
- A gift from God
- A promise of victory
- A path to freedom
- All good!
For an in depth look at this wonderful gift I recommend an article entitled Repentance, the Path to Comfort.
If you feel stuck today, and are not sure how to get the plank out of your eye, don’t wait. That stuck feeling, and dissatisfaction with your current state, is a sure sign that God is offering you this wonderful gift today, and you can be free.
My question today is this:
Is there something about a neighbor that bugs you – a speck in His eye that is driving you crazy? Could it be that the Lord has marked that old speck with a divine highlighter so that He can help you get free?
When stuff bugs you about other people, let it be a catalyst to take a quick look in the mirror.
I am not a mirror gazer for the most part. I am a Jesus gazer. I let the Lord lead me to the mirror, but this is one way He uses, other people's flaws.
Your neighbor’s flaw is an invitation to the mirror. [Tweet This]