Matthew 7:1-5 English Standard Version
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
This teaching Jesus taught us is often quoted, depending on your translation it may read “plank” instead of log.
This is a very good (and some what humorous) illustration Jesus uses to teach us to work on our own sin and faults before we attempt to point out others.
The truth is a log or a plank blinds you and is obvious to others. It is easy for us to not even see our own sin and faults because we are not only blinded but the little we do see is others and unless we can see our own reflection.
This is why we must be self aware of our actions in order that we do not fall into hypocrisy.
Now of course that doesn’t mean we can’t talk to others about their sins or faults but it does mean we can’t make them our main focus.
We must work on our own sins and unrighteousness. We must go to God in repentance.
One of the Easiest things a Christian can do is only focus on others sins and faults, in that case it is not up to you and you do not have to change anything. You just tell the other person what they need to do and that’s that. Many choose to do this and boy is it easy.
One of the hardest things a Christian can do is to focus on their own sins and faults. In this case it is up to you, you have to change. But the good news is its not ALL up to you. God can help you. But we have to take up our cross and follow Him. We must crucify the flesh and we must let go of what needs to be let go of.
Remember if you do wish to talk to others about their issues no one will listen to the hypocrite with the log in their eye. Remove it or at least show the person that you’re aware it exists and are trying to remove it.
Be humble, submit to the Lord and be a servant of God.
Do what is hard and not what is easy.
Have a Blessed Week,
Daily Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – Proverbs 31:10-31
Tuesday – Psalm 98:1-5
Wednesday – James 3:13-4:8
Thursday – Mark 9:30-37
With Labor Day coming up I figured this would be a good post for Throwback Thursday.
I can’t begin to tell you the importance of rest. If you’re exhausted you need to take time to re-energize. Go with the Lord and relax. Spend quality time with Him. Take a vacation with the Lord.
Society has told us how important it is to work hard, God would agree with that but society tells us those who rest are weak. Some won’t even use their paid time off from their jobs, thinking it will make them look good if they just keep going.
It won’t look good when you burn out completely and break down.
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This Thursday it will be Twelve years since I met my wife Jane. When we met she was originally not a Christian, I didn’t realize that later she would end up strengthening my faith more and more. She has been a huge blessing in my life. I can’t imagine life without her. I thank the Lord for placing her in my life, she has been a gift for almost twelve years and every day I am blessed to be with her.
Husbands out there treasure your wife and treat her as a gift. Here is some scripture to show how we should treat our wives.
Ephesians 5:25-30 English Standard Version
“25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.”
Love God and love your wife.
Have a Blessed Week,
Bible Verses on Marriage:
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9,22-23
Tuesday – Psalm 125
Wednesday – James 2:1-17
Thursday – Mark 7:24-37
It’s interesting reading this blog from 2017. I would change some wording here especially the part where I said, “everything made sense”. Not everything made sense and I still four years later have a lot to learn. But I did finish the NIV, I recently very slowly read the NKJV Dr. David Jeremiah Study Bible and now I read from the ESV. I love my journey through God’s word.
I was finally taking my Christianity seriously, that’s what I told myself. I was looking for a NIV Bible but hadn’t taken the time to actually go out and get one. What I did take time to do was go to Rita’s for the free Italian Ice day. Myself and my fiance (now wife) got our a treat and while eating we noticed a little thrift store right next to it. We decided to go inside, they had all different kinds of things, we walked around and then I noticed there was a trunk full of Bibles, NIV in fact. I asked how much one cost and the man told me he just keeps them here to give out to people. I thanked the man and quickly grabbed one after my fiance and I paid for our items we picked out.
It felt special, even though it was a basic…
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How often have you heard that begin a statement? Or maybe its in the form of a question or they will substitute “Christianity” with “church”.
It seems too often that message is muttered in different ways and the person saying it always has the answers.
I want to throw this out there, and there will be some irony in my message.
The problem with American Christianity is people telling others what’s wrong with American Christianity.
Rarely do you actually hear a person talk about their own flaws, commonly you hear about the flaws of others.
Rarely do you hear about the flaws and problems of a person’s own church or denomination, commonly you hear about the flaws and problems of other churches and denominations.
This leads to anger, resentment, sadness and a wide variety of negative feelings.
Also many planks in a person’s eye goes ignored as they attempt to address their brother’s. This gets in the way of their sanctification and spiritual growth with God.
I know all these things said to be true because it describes me!
I get so angry at others, I don’t understand why they don’t think a certain way or behave in a Christian manner.
Then I end up thinking ungodly thoughts and behaving in unchristian ways.
Lord have mercy on me and help me better.
Have a Blessed Week,
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43
Tuesday – Psalm 84
Wednesday – Ephesians 6:10-20
Thursday – John 6:56-69
We hear often that we must beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. This a very true and important message found in scripture.
I’ve heard recently from a Pastor that a good Sheppard protects the flock from the wolves.
That is also true.
However when doing so a person must become mindful of their behavior and emotions.
I’ve seen this too many times, a person begins to become angry, hostile in their defense of God’s Word and the flock. They begin to mock, scoff and forget to call to repentance the person they’re targeting. Then before you know they’re more and more people they deem, “wolves” and “heretics”. Before you know it the line becomes blurred and there seems to be more wolves then sheep.
What seems to happen is the Sheppard now has become the wolf.
What then happens is only destruction and bloodshed. To the outsider looking in all they see is two wolves surrounded by destroyed sheep. Even worse the original wolf may looked like the victim and the one who was trying to defend the flock looks like the perpetrator.
So how does this become avoided?
We stand firm on God’s Word by having it in our hearts, minds and spirit. That way our hearts will resemble God’s, our minds will think like God’s mind and His Spirit will be guiding us along the way.
Have a Blessed Week,
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Tuesday – Psalm 111
Wednesday – Ephesians 5:15-20
Thursday – John 6:51-58
With everything going on right now, and in the past two years, I think this is the best entry for this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Remember God is always there.
Fear not He is with you in your suffering and anxiety, combat what is distressing you with the power of God.
Remember He will never forsake you.
Jesus told us our Father in Heaven values us more than the birds in the air who He provides for.
He also said He has a place prepared for us when we pass away.
God will take care of us on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Trust in Him, the blessings will come. You know this because He provided His grace so you’re already blessed!
Keep watch and look out the blessings can come from anywhere or from anyone.
The Lord will provide because He loves you.
Have a BLESSED week,
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people view the world, primarily how Christians view the world and it’s on going issues.
Despite all of us in the faith following the same Bible and the true and living God we seem to have a lot of different views points on things.
This leads to a lot of anger, frustration, resentment and even sadness in the Body of Christ. We get divided on these worldly topics and even claim that others are less Christian for taking the other side.
Now they’re some clear cut views on issues that as a Christian you should have but I’ve heard some outlandish accusations by Christians against other believers on issues that are not so clear cut. Often they will take scripture out of context to try and fit it into their world view or situation. That is both wrong and dangerous.
Specific examples of this would just be distracting from the point of this entry so instead I’ll focus on why I think this is happening.
It’s because of labels, labels can be burdensome.
Think about it, I’ll use myself as an example.
I’m a white, male, American, Christian who is mostly conservative.
Think about what comes with each of those labels, thoughts, behaviors, opinions. Some of them will contradict with each other and I will most likely look at things differently than someone of a different race, sex, nationality, political ideology or religion.
That’s not even going into upbringing, environment and other factors.
So what do you do about this? How do you not contradict yourself while you try and understand other people who are different than you?
You shed your labels and focus on the Kingdom of God. That may sound easier said than done. Believe me, I know it’s hard. Reading the Bible has convicted me many times, causing me to question my opinion and views.
As hard as it may be, think about how rewarding it would be to try and see the world like God does. How much a relief it would be to be able to have the focus on God?
What if instead of all those labels you can look at things as a child of God?
Redefine yourself. I’ll go first.
My name is Chris, I’m a child of God, a Christian who just happens to be white, who is also a man, who currently lives in the United States.
God help see the world like you.
Have a Blessed Week,
Monday – 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33
Tuesday – Psalm 130
Wednesday – Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Thursday – John 6:35,41-51
Remember that song Jesus loves the little children?
Here is a selection from Matthew 18, it is verses 2-7, “2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through…
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