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I Can See Clearly Now the Plank is Gone

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.

Repentance is:

  • 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]

BenSee you again soon.


0 thoughts on “I Can See Clearly Now the Plank is Gone

    1. Ben Nelson

      Woe to the living dead - I hear you loud and clear. Especially with your prophetic gifting and temperament (i perhaps am projecting here) it is easy to blur the line between good and bad judgment

  1. cshowers

    Amen - I've never much liked looking in the mirror, because I'm usually dissatisfied with what I see, but when I gaze into that mirror and see the blood that washes me, I can look at that woman and smile and say, "Thank You Jesus!"

    This was a great series Ben!

    Much love in Christ,

  2. jaels

    Sigh. Just when I was beginning to feel better--and on a Friday, when class is supposed to be easier (since students are less attentive, their minds on the weekend frivolity). Well, at least you know I didn't skip class, and listened hard.....argghhh.

      1. jaels

        Oh you're just the BEST, my hero brother Ben. I feel much better already because the Boss gave me a super poem--yep, I'm gettin' the old excitement and joy back--yippee skippee! See how you like "Divine"...

  3. Debbie

    I loved this , Mr. Ben. I loved that repentance shouldn't be seen negatively .. that it's a good thing! Thank you! And I loved how when something in others is bothering us, it's usually the same thing that we are struggling with. Really really helpful. And last but not least .. .I love those Lego pictures! 🙂 God bless you as He clears your vision more and more . ..better than Visine! p.s. loved the title too .. am singing the song in my head.

    1. Ben Nelson

      thanks Debbie! Yeah - that is one of those songs that goes right for the concert hall in my brain at the slightest invitation. Thank you as always for processing this so well.


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