THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 6:37-42
“First take the plank out of your eye…” (Luke 6:42)
Imagine if we really did what Jesus says here.
No criticizing others until we’ve worked out our own issues.
Will we ever reach a point where we can judge or criticize others?
Only God sees all of us from the standpoint of perfection.
Only God is able to judge us with perfect fairness and truth.
Of all people, Christians ought to know better than be judgmental.
Supposedly we have come to know our sin and misery.
We came to realize we were desperate and lost without God’s mercy.
We confess that all our ways are stained with selfishness and sin.
Sadly, Christians have a reputation of being judgmental.
We spew opinions and criticisms of others just like everyone else.
Of course they are ‘sinners’, but so are we – they need mercy too!
As Jesus followers, our first task is to allow Jesus to work on us.
We have enough ‘baggage’to keep us busy for a long, long time!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me not to be so opinionated or critical of others. Help me to see my own need for mercy, and to freely share that mercy with others!