Words from the Heart for Thursday May 28th, 2020

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? … 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.

Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

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Sawdust and Planks

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Reading the Gospels, it is soon obvious that Jesus didn’t put up with hypocrisy. He confronted it often and called it out. So it shouldn’t surprise any follower of Jesus to read what He says in Matthew 7:3-5: “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? … 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.” Human beings find it so much easier to judge another for what we perceive to be their failures than to recognize our own shortcomings and sin. Jesus uses the analogy of sawdust and plank. This is the heart of hypocrisy. Followers of Jesus are to be realistic about what is hidden deep within our own souls. We are called to self-focus and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with the hearts of others. It will take a lifetime to deal with the plank that is in our own life. We need to see ourselves as Jesus does and invite Him to a lifetime of plank removal. If that is our focus, we won’t even notice somebody else’s sawdust.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley