Something to think about...
As I reflect on conversations I have had lately two scriptures come to mind... Jesus' reminder to us about removing the plank in our own eye before trying to remove the splinter from another's and this lovely thought from Paul...Romans 2:1-3
Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.
You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your
misdoings and from coming down on you hard?
The Message: The Bible in contemporary language (Ro 2:1–3). Nav Press
It is interesting to me how quickly we find flaws in others - or is it just me? Instead of so quickly pointing out what it is you think others are doing wrong, why not ask God to reveal your flaws to you first? Finger-pointing (according to Scripture) is God's way of revealing your junk to you through others. Ouch! Remember, when you are irritated, offended, feeling like you want to point out what others do wrong you have a plank to remove first. If that doesn't put a governor on our mouths and accusations I don't know what will.
The revelation that we are not perfect and do the same thing we dislike in others is harsh and yet necessary. Without it there is no opportunity for growth or humility.
Lie - I am perfect. I didn't do anything.
Truth - I do what I dislike in others. I need to prayerfully ask Jesus to remove the plank from my own eye.
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