(Un) Holier-Than-Others

13 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 7:1-5  Jesus said, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and 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 in these verses)

The heart of My message here is yet another reminder to treat others as you wish God to treat you. criticising-your-employees 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 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 that you are not qualified to condemn others.  Only the One who knows the heart can mete out condemnation.  You are 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 messenger of good-will. My love for that one you may condemn is so great that I would have died on the cross for only him if necessary.  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?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: My grace is sufficient to forgive sins—your assignment is                                                    simply to love others—all others—on My behalf.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for Your amazing grace and my assignment to share it.

I am sorry I too often turn away instead of lending a helping hand.

Thank you for instruction in holy living.

Help me to carry out your instruction to love on Your behalf.

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