Good morning friends and family, as I sat this morning doing my devotions before I got my day started this verse, Matthew 7:3, was the topic of the study. The more I read and the more I looked at the meat of this study I couldn't help but look at the world we live in today. Blaming others or pointing out others faults is just common place. We are quick to point the faults of others while we continue to have our own little skeletons. God called us all to live life together, to look out for our fellow man, to pray for someone not talk about, we are made to build up one another not tear one another down......What can you truly gain by tearing another down? The world is quick to point the hypocritical finger at those in church and those doing their best daily to be followers of Christ. The "church" is meant to be a hospital for the sick not a country club for those who believe they are the standard by which all men should follow. We are meant to follow CHRIST, to be like Christ and not to what the world wants to dictate as what a "Christian" should be. Granted we are here to hold one another accountable but we can hold our brother accountable and not allow ourselves to be held to the same standard. If we look at a few more verses in Matthew 7 we learn that if we judge we will be judged. Matthew 7: 1-5 reads;7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Now I know the world will quickly throw at me "only God can judge me" well that may be true to a point the Bible does give us some guidelines by which we can see the Spirit in someone. Galatians 5:22-23a read;
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.
These are the things we look for. When you find yourself falling into the trap of judging someone else, stop!, take a look at yourself, clean up your own situations, look for the fruits of the Spirit in your own life then their's. Look for the positive in that person. Mentally or even better on paper or to someone else list 5-10 good things about that person before you pick out the one negative and most importantly PRAY for one another daily. We may never know the struggle that person faces and you may be the only positive that person sees for that day or maybe even in their life. Rise above the petty ways the world teaches. Be a follower of Christ. Live daily to be a better person in Christ's eyes and lift your brothers and sisters up daily in prayer. Let's pray;
Good morning Father, today I want to thank you for the changes you allowed in my life to bring me back to You. I thank you for the people you have surrounded me with, thank you for their imperfections and the will they have to serve you. Lord, you know the hearts and struggles of every person reading this today. I pray you use me to show You to someone today. I pray you take my testimony and my daily walk and allow it to bring someone closer to you daily. I pray that you remove all spirit of judging out of my life and allow me to use that energy to build others up and help me to quiet those who only mean harm. Lord, continue to bless this ministry and all those who a part and those who we touch on a daily basis. In all these things I pray in Jesus name, Amen
Be a blessing to someone today, ride safe and God bless!