Some people have a hard time admitting their wrong or that they’ve made a mistake. Instead of owning up to their fault–they immediately go into “defensive mode,” and try to justify their actions. But making excuses for your own blunders doesn’t change what you did nor does it make you look good in the eyes of others. Most of the time, people see right through your attempts to make yourself appear blameless and you really haven’t fooled anyone but yourself. More importantly–you can’t fool God. Self-preservation is a natural human response but it can be a deceptive one. It’s easier to see the faults in others than it is to see your own sin. But just look in the mirror and take a good look at what is wrong in your own life. You’ll have a full time job keeping yourself on the right path–no need to point out the faults of others. The Bible says in Luke 6:41-42, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” No one is perfect–everyone is a sinner – so instead of focusing on everyone else’s problems–work on yours! Ask God to help you see the sin in your own life more than you see the faults of others–and don’t forget to ask Him for an extra measure of love for your fellow man. Text: Matthew 7:1-5, John 8:1-8, James 4:11-12
Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV – 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
John 8:1-8 NKJV – 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
James 4:11-12 NKJV – 11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?