Google+ 03/25/14 Let's Get Our Log Out of the Way, So We Can See!

Matthew 7:2-5

 

For you will be treated as you treat others.

The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘

Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’

When you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite!

First get rid of the log in your own eye;

Then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

 

One of the first Christian principles we are taught by God is that we are not to judge.  It would be nice if we all paid attention to this edict from God, but we don't.  Life is all about point-of-view and perspective, ours and God's.  When we view things through our personal filters, we always get into trouble.  We offend people and we actually lie, not knowing why.  We must grasp the concept that we simply do not know what motives other people have for doing the things they do.  We lose sight of this fact when we make ourselves judge and jury.  Many years ago I spoke in a women's maximum security prison as a part of the then new, "Scared Straight" program for teenagers.  How I ended up there is a discussion for another sermon!  The point is that I discovered a point of view I never had before.  I could not understand how someone could murder another human being, knowing exactly what they were doing.  Not that murder is right or acceptable on any level, but I discovered that day why it occurred with the death-row intmates sitting in front of me.  We must see that the people that were doing the murdering had a far different perspective on life than we do.  These women saw no value to their lives, so hence, life had no value.  If we would ever have any luck changing their behavior, we would have to change their perspective and convince them that they were valuable creations of God.  Now we fully understand why most criminals are never rehabilitated.  They are punished and belittled, rather than disciplined in love by God and His people.  Our Scripture tells us today to adopt a different perspective when dealing with others.  Get the log out of our eyes before we deal with the speck that plagues others.  By doing this, we will gain a whole new perspective and point-of-view.  Heed Christ's warning through Matthew.  "Let's Get Our Log Out of the Way ,So We Can See Clearly!"