August 30, 2014
READ: Matthew 7:1-5
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Jesus warned us to consider our own faults before commenting on the faults of others. He gave a blanket suggestion, "Judge not!" In other words, say nothing about anything! This is one of the common problems of Christians. How we love to criticize people!
Today's Scripture is affirming the reality of a beam in your eye. It is there whether you know it or not. Every sin, mistake or fault you see in someone is already in you. How is this possible?" The answer is in the Scripture: "BUT CONSIDEREST NOT the beam that is in thine own eye?" "To consider", means "to think deeply, to analyze, to meditate, to ponder and to reflect".When you reflect deeply on the issue, you will realize that you are also guilty.
One day, I had a vision of one of our churches. As they worshipped, the Lord said to me, "murderers and fornicators". I said, "Lord, how can this be? These are your holy children who really love you." The Lord gave me just two Scriptures: 1 John 3:15 and Matthew 5:28. The Lord told me, "Most Christians hate other people." By God's standards, that makes them murderers. He continued, "Most men lust every day after women they are not married to." According to God's standards, this is the same as adultery. Suddenly I could see how people in these two groups were adulterers and murderers!
How funny we must look in Heaven as we accuse one another of crimes that we are guilty of ourselves.
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