Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV) And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
What Truth is Revealed? Other people have behavior problems that need attention… So do I. So do you. A wise man once said, “We judge others by their actions, we judge ourselves by out intentions.” There is it; it’s called hypocrisy and we tend to pick on other people’s weaknesses without dealing with our own.
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? When it comes to the judgment of others, we need to start the whole process with an honest evaluation of ourselves. We cannot help others with their “specks” until we deal with our “logs.”
What Does This Mean to Me and What Action Should I Take? It means that I need to be honest with myself so that I can approach being “fair” in my judgment of others. It also means that when it comes to dealing with the issues that we all have in common, I indeed need to draw a circle around myself and (with God’s help) fix what’s in the circle.”
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Matthew 7:1-2 (NKJV) "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
What Truth is Revealed? Too often people quote the first sentence of Jesus’ teaching on judgement and leave out the rest. That is a mistake, because, it leaves this teaching incomplete. The main truth revealed is the idea that you and I will be judged according to how “we” judge others. There is a direct correlation between our judgment of others and God’s judgment of us.
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? Has God forgiven you of much? Do you want to get what you deserve? God’s judgment is tempered with grace and mercy, is that true with you as you consider and judge others? We generally view this teaching in a negative light, because, our judgment of others is generally negative; however, what if we judged others with grace and mercy?
What Does this Mean to Me and What Action Should I Take? The first thing I need to consider in my judgment of others is the grace that God has shown to me. Secondly, I need to evaluate myself honestly and then proceed carefully in my judgment of others. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “considering others as better than myself.” Ultimately, it means that my judgment needs to be tempered with grace, mercy and a huge dose of humility.
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.