UNholier-Than-Others

26 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 7:1-5  Jesus said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment.  That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.  It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbors face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part.  Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

The heart of My message here is another reminder to treat others as you wish God to treat you.  God is the only one who knows completely the heart of each person.  So who are you to pick on people, jump on their failures and criticize their faults?  You are completely unqualified.  You overlook your own failures and faults and magnify others.  Don’t consider yourself ‘holier-than-others.’ When you adopt that attitude what you are demonstrating is that you are UNholier than others.

My goal is to help you understand is that you are not qualified to condemn others.  Only the One who knows the heart can mete out condemnation.  You have been assigned the task of loving others on My behalf—not passing out condemnation.  I do not mean you are to tolerate evil, live and let live.  No, I need you to love the one who does evil so he will come to understand My love that is reaching out to him and inviting him to repentance and salvation.

My assignment for you—“Be a light—not a judge!”  “Be a model—not a critic!” You are My ambassador—my representative.  An ambassador is a messenger of good will—not condemnation.  My love for that one you may condemn is so great that I would have died on the cross for only him if necessary.  Does that help you understand how I expect you to treat him, as My representative?  So toss out the critical spirit and offer counsel tempered with My love.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Will you simply trust Me when I ask you to love all others for me?   Love will find a way when there is no other way.

Jesus’ Promise to Me: My grace is sufficient to forgive sins—your assignment is simply to love others—all others–so that they will come to understand how much I love them.

My Song to Jesus:    Love Found a Way     by Avis Christiansen

Wonderful love that rescued me, sunk deep in sin,
Guilty and vile as I could be—no hope within;
When every ray of light had fled, O glorious day!
Raising my soul from out the dead, love found a way.

Refrain

Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy Name!

Love brought my Savior here to die on Calvary,
For such a sinful wretch as I, how can it be?
Love bridged the gulf ’twixt me and Heav’n, taught me to pray,
I am redeemed, set free, forgiv’n, love found a way.

Refrain

Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy Name!

Love opened wide the gates of light to Heav’n’s domain,
Where in eternal power and might Jesus shall reign.
Love lifted me from depths of woe to endless day,
There was no help in earth below; love found a way.

Refrain

Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy Name!

Avis, Encouraged by her grand­mo­ther, a god­ly wo­man who loved the mu­sic of the soul as ex­pressed in verse, Avis wrote her first po­em at age ten. Then one Sun­day morn­ing in Moody Church, as she list­ened to a new song by Har­ry Loes, the Lord re­mind­ed her that the tal­ent en­trusted to her be­longed to Him.

 

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