What if we focused on being in “right relationship” over being “right”?
(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” by clicking HERE)
“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”
Jesus tells us not to judge others…but that doesn’t mean we have to turn our brains off.
We do have to judge what is in our best interest. We also can’t help but to judge as in determine in our own minds whether we think what someone else is doing is a good idea or not.
What Jesus instructs us against is making any judgments about another person’s salvation or innate goodness.
After all, we don’t know all the reasons why people do what they are doing or what experiences might have influenced their actions.
A “wooden beam” in my eye might be obstructing a clear view of that other person…and I might be completely clueless about that “beam” that is clouding my understanding. And just how many beams and specks are obstructing my view that I am completely unaware?
Perhaps if I reached out and formed a relationship with someone that I disagreed with…each of us might be changed for the better.
Loving God, help me to focus on my faults and not others. Help me to see the inner beauty of all people…especially those who anger me. And help me to be able to both disagree with someone…and still be in relationship with them.
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Remember…God loves you!