September 3, 2014

ReadLuke 6:41-42 

In Luke 6:41-42, Jesus is addressing the issues of hypocrisy and judging one another. He asks, "Why do you do that?" That's a very convicting question for each of us. Why do we tend to notice the faults of others, but neglect our own? Why is it so easy for us to point out even insignificant shortcomings in our brothers and sisters in Christ, and yet not feel convicted about even glaring issues in our own lives? Could it be that sometimes the very things we see, and call attention to in someone else's life, are the very same things that The Lord is seeking to root out of our lives? Perhaps that is why the faults we see in others are so easily recognizable to us.

I have been convicted by this at times. The Holy Spirit has softly pointed out my sin, and instead of responding in confession (agreeing) and repentance (forsaking) of the sin, I rationalize and justify by pointing out a similar sinful trait in a brother or sister's life. Somehow it makes me feel better, or less of a sinner by way of comparison.

The "log" and the “speck" - which one are you more likely to deal with? Could it be that the thing that you criticize in another is the mirror image of your own sin looking back at you? What will you do the next time you are tempted to point out someone's "speck"? Will you remember to think, " What about the "log" blurring my own vision (discernment)" ?

Here are some other scriptures on the topic - Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1;14:10,13; Galatians 6:1; James 2:4. 

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.