Monday, April 23, 2018

Matthew 7:3 -- On Changing Ourselves and then the World

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
Matthew 7:3

This is a trap that I think we all fall into sometimes--criticizing others rather than examining ourselves.  It's very tempting, because we can't change others, and we don't typically know them as well as we know ourselves, so it is easy.  We can blame them for all that is wrong with the world and we don't have to do anything about it.

The problem with that is, we are the only parts of the world that we can do anything about.  The way we live, the example we set, the difference that we individually make.  We can change the world, but we can't do it by trying to change others.  We do it by changing ourselves, and thereby influencing others for good.

Today, let's stop looking for other people to blame and let's take a good long look at ourselves.  When we read scriptures, let's apply them to ourselves, not to the other guy.  Let's change the world by changing ourselves, by following God, by setting an example of purity and goodness.  As we do that, we'll be able to help God to establish his kingdom and help others in need.

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