Where is Your Focus?
Scripture: Here are the Words of our Lord in Matthew 7:2: "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." We will reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7-8). If you are swift and harsh in judging others, then you will receive the same from others.
Reflection: “Wouldn't it be amazing if every Christian actually took time to judge themselves before judging anyone else?
In Matthew 7:4-5, Jesus says, “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." A good judge will not fail to judge himself.
As you know, we cannot pick and choose the verses we want to make a case when studying the Bible. I have to collect all the verses I can on a given subject and then see how it reads in the context of the passage. For example, Matthew 7:1, it reads, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”
Jesus tells us to examine ourselves first before we look at others. By focusing on ourselves, I firmly believe we can easily understand who we are and easily point out the weak area and eventually can encourage and motivate our self to refine our attitude. Our character and relationship with other people help us to spread the love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We can be too quick to find the mistakes of others and point out what they are doing wrong; however, does this make us feel better if we look at others instead of looking internally within ourselves? If we would just talk to God first and let Him show us our path of life, I think we would be much more concerned about what He wants us to do than always finding fault with others.
As God's Child, if we submit to Him, we would not have to live with a critical and judgmental spirit, which means that embedded within are some internal problems that must be confronted, prayed about to deliver us from bondage. We all have to watch being judgmental for it will quench the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Prayer: Father God, let us see through your eyes and not through our own flesh, then our perspective on life would be much more discerning. We ask for you to reveal wisdom to us this day.
In Jesus Name,
Joanie has been in ministry for more than 40 years as a Bible teacher, author, and media evangelist. Joanie shares the love and adoration that she has for Jesus Christ through teaching and speaking to diverse groups across the country. She has ministered in churches, Bible study groups, county jails, state prisons, juvenile centers, nursing homes, hospitals, parks, as well as hosting several radio and television programs.
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