Saturday, July 13, 2002

Luke 6:42

"Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."
Luke 6:42

Our focus switches to other people sometimes I think because it is harder to examine our own lives... harder to observe our own faults.  We are harsh judges, and it is easier to turn that scathing eye outward than inward.  It's easier to believe that someone else is screwing up our lives, or someone else caused the problem, or just to minutely examine someone else's psychological or spiritual health rather than our own.  God reminds us here though, that we can't truly help anyone else until we become better people... so that when we try to help we do help instead of ruining everything.  When we are walking around in our lives criticizing other people, then we always, always have a bigger problem than they do.  Believing that we are perfect and don't need to change is a much harder self-deception to overcome than whatever it is we are observing in someone else.  Today, let's focus on our own beams... we can address the motes after we're perfect. :)

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