Focus on the Beam

Romans 2:1-5 1THEREFORE YOU have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce]. 2[But] we know that the judgment (adverse verdict, sentence) of God falls justly and in accordance with truth upon those who practice such things. 3And do you think or imagine, O man, when you judge and condemn those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment and elude His sentence and adverse verdict?
I was reading this last night and had to have a time of repentance! How often do we judge others actions, motives and hearts? This passage tells us that when we judge others we are actually judging ourselves. Luke 6:41-42 also says 41Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye? 42Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
More than likely we are guilty of the same things we are so quick to criticize others for. John 5:22 says 22Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son. Wow, if God the Father isn’t even going to judge us, how can we judge those in our lives? In John 8:15 Jesus Himself said You [set yourselves up to] judge according to the flesh (by what you see). [You condemn by external, human standards.] I do not [set Myself up to] judge or condemn or sentence anyone.
It’s so easy to look at a situation and think we know why someone said what they said or did what they did. But in all actuality we have no ways of knowing what is in a person’s heart. In 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. Next time we are tempted to pass judgment we need to remember what it says in 1 Corinthians 2:11For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Instead of being quick to judge others let’s instead examine our own hearts and our own lives to see where we ourselves are missing the mark.

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