Daily Bread 3-7-18
The Sermon on the mount(cont'd)
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers' eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine own eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brothers' eye.
ref. - Lk 6:41 - And why beholds thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
When we get saved we have in us the desire to help the whole world. We go about testifying and have the genuine will to do good in the world. But as we move forward we realize that all of the world is not good and sometimes we are overpowered by evil as we have not taken the time to prepare ourselves Spiritually for a Spiritual battle. Admitting our faults and weaknesses and then doing something about them in Jesus Christ is the best thing that we can do to be equipped for the battles that we will face. In this scripture it reinforces the earlier words that said, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.(Mt 6:14,15). We so want to help others that we sometimes either neglect or ignore the things that are in ourselves. Christ is telling us, as followers or disciples, that we need to get rid of the iniquities and evil in our own hearts before we can help others to do the same. It is similar to the adulterer telling others that they should not commit adultery but he is caught up in his own act of adultery. It will not work and humility and shame should be the only thing that this man experiences as he should first cast out the adultery in his own heart before he tries to help those who are in the same offense. If we are truly in love with our savior and we are truly saved, the iniquities or offenses that we are caught up in should burn in our conscience like a canker and should not ease up on us until we are right with God. Our consciences should attack our inner being and tell us that we need to fix what is broken within us and then, if it is God's will, be useful to hep others to clean up their own lives. Don't look down on someone that is caught up in offense just to try to cover our own issues, cast the issues out. We must get rid of our own issues with the help of God in Jesus Christ and then we will be able to help others get back up through the experience that we have had. In thine own hearts be true brothers and sisters, In thine own hearts be true. Have a great day!!