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Remove the Log from Your Eye First

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

Jesus said, - "Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured back to you. Why do you look at the splinter that is in your brotherís eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ĎLet me take the splinter out of your eye,í while there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, then you can see clearly how to remove the splinter from your brotherís eye." Matthew 7:1-5

"Test yourselves to see it you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test?" 2 Corinthians 13:5

Commentary: Before anyone can help someone else concerning a fault they must first examine themselves to see if they have a log in their own eye. This can only be done by putting yourself to the test of Godís standard of conduct - by carefully examining yourself to see if you are living up to your commitment to Christ. Did you notice that Paul did not command members of the Church to examine "each one another" but to "examine yourselves." A Christian is not supposed to be looking for faults among his brethren. It you do, of course you will find them. I know this because I am a Pastor and that is part of my job. But if you place your focus on the faults of others you will become blind to your own faults and place yourself in danger of judgment.

The Pastor alone is ordained to examine the flock, -"Know well the condition of your flocks." (Proverbs 27:23) "Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion" (1 Peter 5:2) "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the Church of God which He purchased with His own Blood." (Acts 20:28) The members are commanded to esteem others as more important than themselves, -"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

To grumble against and complain against your brethren which the Lord gave His life to save, is not loving them but showing contempt and hatred toward them. It is the very opposite of "with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." This attitude is self-righteous, arrogant and demonic.

Be very careful what you say and what your attitude is toward one of your brethren. Donít forget who they are. Jesus died for them while they were yet sinners. He loves them. Every saint is a forgiven child of the Living God and He is a protective Father. If one of them happens to offend, hurt or even sin against you, Jesus has commanded what you are to do. "If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refused to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refused to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a unbeliever." (Matthew 18:15-17)

 

A grumbler and complainer will not practice this teaching from Jesus, because he is motivated by hatred, not love. He is not interested in repairing, rebuilding and restoring healthy relationships and fellowship, but to self-righteously point fingers, tear down and cause division in the Body of Jesus."A worthless person, a wicked man, is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who points his finger; Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, who spreads strife (quarrels - contention). Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing. There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, even seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes (pride), a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (to hate is to murder) A heart that devises wicked plans (out of the mouth the heart speaks) feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, and one who stirs up trouble and discord among the brethren." (Proverbs 6:12-19)

Jesus said, -"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;" Matthew 5:22 A person who is motivated by the Holy Spirit will never be angry at the person who has sinned against him as he is trying to help remove the splinter from his eye. He will not angrily point to their faults but in humility try to help them overcome.

Why did Jesus say that if we are angry with our brother we will stand guilty at the Judgment? It is because all sin, even sins committed against us by others, are in reality sins against a holy God. Sin is a violation of His will and is rebellion against His instruction. Peter told the Church to bear it when they are treated unjustly. Jesus prophesied that all His followers would be treated unjustly and commanded them to rejoice when it happens, not grumble and complain.

 But for the grace of God we all would be sinners. We have no righteousness of our own making. God has forgiven us of thousands of sins against Him. He puts up with our imperfections every day and yet forgives us. If anyone thinks that he can hold his brotherís faults and imperfections accountable and not be held accountable to God, he is foolish and has deceived his own heart.

Every person on earth or in the Church of Jesus Christ has issues and is an issue himself. How you deal and handle those issues is what you will judged by.

Adam blamed Eve, Eve shifted the blame to the serpent, but God blamed them all. When the Gulf oil spill happened the environmentalists quickly blamed American drilling policies - they quickly shifted the blame and pointed at President Obama - Obama first shifted the blame to President Bush and then later to British Petroleum - BP then blamed Haliburton Co. - Haliburton blamed Transocean - Transocean blamed Superman, after all if he hadnít been on vacation he could have plugged the leak in seconds. Superman was not going to shoulder any blame so he pointed the finger at Batman - Batman pointed the finger at Spiderman - Spiderman pointed the blame to the Hulk - but the Hulk refused to accept any responsibility and got so mad that he blamed everybody else and ran off. Of course while all the bickering and finger pointing was going on, no one was working to really fix the oil leak and the Gulf became contaminated with oil.

"Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Choleís people, that there are quarrels among you." 1 Corinthians 1:10-11

"For in the first place, when you come together as a Church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you." 1 Corinthians 11:18-19

"Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord . . ." (Notice that those who do not pursue peace with all men will not see the Lord - this means that they will not stand innocent at Judgment)

 "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled." (If a root of bitterness springs up in a person, they will soon be defiled and will have fallen from the grace of God. It is grace which makes it possible for our daily sins to be forgiven. Those who act in bitterness some short of Godís grace and their sins are no longer forgiven.) Hebrews 12:14-15

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Ephesisan 4:29-32

"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; (Notice that "walking in love" in this passage means not allowing immorality to be named among us?) and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them." Ephesians 5:1-7

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world." Philippians 2:14-15

"For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, an in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside; anger, wrath, malice (accusations), slander, and abusive speech from your mouth." Colossians 3:6-8

"Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp." Numbers 11:1

When we focus our attention on the faults of others we become blind to our own.

 

 

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