Eye Examinations

 

December 17

 

Read Matthew 7:1-5

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce, you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see 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,” when there is the log 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.

 

Reflect

Was Jesus condemning all forms of judgement? Is it ever ok to judge another person?

 

We have all met a person who likes to “police’ other people. It almost seems like they are sitting around waiting for other people to slip up so that they can be the first to call them on it. But that level of criticism is not simply annoying. It’s hypocritical.

 

It’s important to note here that Jesus was not telling us that we can never judge people. In Matthew 7:6, the very next verse, He tells us not to give to dogs what is sacred or throw our pearls before swine. That implies that we have to be able to judge who is a dog or a pig. We have to be able to judge a true teacher from a false teacher and right doctrine from wrong. We need to be able to discern the actions and attitudes of other people. There are also numerous examples in Scripture where we see people being called out and held accountable for their sin.

 

So what was Jesus really saying here? He was condemning self-righteous, hypocritical criticism. The kind of judgement the “policers” like to engage in. The kind the scribes and Pharisees excelled at. This type of criticism is condemned because it’s motive is not to help other people as an accountability partner or to encourage them to repent. The motive is to make themselves look good by negatively criticizing others.

 

Instead, Jesus said that the first person we should judge is ourselves. We are all facing divine judgement. We should humbly examine our own hearts for sin so that we are prepared. Also, Jesus reminds us that we are held to the same standard that we hold others to. Whenever we criticize other people, we invite others to criticize us. Believe me, they will be watching to see if we can stand up to our own expectations. And if we can’t, they will rightly call us hypocrites for calling out the “specks” in the eyes of others while ignoring the “logs” in our own eyes.

 

Most importantly, if we leave the “log in our eyes” and fail to deal with our sins, we will not be able to see clearly to help our brothers and sisters in Christ. If we want to be truly helpful accountability partners, we need to examine our own eyes before we go offering spiritual eye examinations to others.

 

Pray

Father, help me to see my own heart clearly so I can address my own sins before I go critiquing others for theirs. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have been more hypocritical than helpful to a brother or sister in Christ. Amen.


 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER:;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT HELP ME WITH THIS*THANKYOUJESUS*
I am glad that I am talking to guide to the path of righteousness.
Lord, help me to discern a dog and a pig. Guide me in knowing the false teachers, and not to criticize others if it is not done to help and encourage them and also have me to do so after I have checked my own eye and repented for my own sins. Lord, I want to do Your will and glorify You. Holy Spirit lead me. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Dear Lord, help me to be patient, show mercy, grace and compassion to my fellow man. We are all growing in your grace and need your Word at all times. I ask for forgiveness. I will help my b rother or sister when I can.
Pastor Nat Thank You for this scripture of today. As yesterday during your Wensday Prayer I used this verse in prayer in the comments section. I hope it helps you to bring this encouraging message of the scriptures today. I am so Thankful for your blogs in you will and together praying for one another. Keep keeping on Pastor Nat in Jesus Mighty Powerful Holly Name Amen.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional
MATTHEW 7:1-5 VERY WELL VERSED. THIS SCRIPTURE SAY A LOT. WE ALL NEED TO EXAMINE OURSELVES BEFORE JUDGING OTHERS. THIS SCRIPTURE IS SELF EXPLANATORY, I LOVE THIS PASSAGE IN JESUS AMEN
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Thank you Lord for scripture. Helo me to absorb todays messsge, and be a deliverer to others, in hope of your glory and praise, Amen.
Amen! Important reminder! Thank you Pastor Nat. Lord, help me to see my faults and come in repentance. Give me wisdom and understanding not to be judgemental of others, but to examine my thoughts and motives and make them obedient to Your will. Forgive me of the times when I "messed up", and empower me in Your strength to do what is right and pleasing to You. Amen.
Juanita AMEN.
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Pastor that was a great devotion for if we don’t judge our own heart we can never help others. When we look at our hearts if we don’t see Jesus in the center we will see our sinful self. So when we look at other people’s actions, with the love of Jesus, our motive is for the others good not our selfish pride. Jesus help us be filled with your Spirit in our hearts so we can love others more than ourselves. Amen
Father test my heart and know it is pure for anything that is not of your will remove and replace it with your will Father. Thank you for giving me wisdom, understanding, and discernment so that I can recognize right from wrong false Gospel from the true Gospel. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Thank you. Lord for your guidance and help in everything you do for us.
Scripture teaches us that we ALL fail to measure up to the Word of God. That is, the “standard” we measure against is, as Christians, indeed the Word of God itself. Thus, to judge yourself first is to measure your own heart and actions against this undying standard. Scripture also teaches that we are to gently help our brothers and sisters understand and see actions which don’t measure up to this standard as sin, and that these actions have consequences. Keeping each other accountable to the Word, is not judging each other. But, if this correction is not done with a clean heart, we behave no better than did the Pharisees and Sadducees which Jesus railed against....
God, thank you for showing us how to be self aware of our own sin that we might be right with you. Judging ourselves before judging others allows your compassion to be present, which leads to true repentance.
Forgive us Lord for our failing toward each other
Help me Father to be a doer of your word and not just a hearer ,of your word.
Thank you Lord. Thank you for teaching me not to judge. When I point finger at someone else it's more pointing back at me. Trying to correct someone else I need to take self inventory