Cleaning It Up…
If each of us sweeps in front of our own steps, the whole world would be clean.
We can easily see and are quick to point out the inappropriate behavior, actions and shortcomings in others, and yet can be completely oblivious to our own. Once it is pointed out to us the hypocrisy of that type of judgment we will hopefully be moved to change. As we begin to focus on correcting those character defects within ourselves, we begin to view others in an entirely different light. We see others not as bad people trying to become good, but as sick people in need, like ourselves, of a spiritual cure. And, the very fact that change is occurring within us, and is seen by those around us, acts as a catalyst for them to also begin to recognize their own need to change. When our desire is to clean up the world, if we will first look at our sidewalk and take “sweeping” action we will be off to a beautiful start. After all, how do you clean up a mess? One scoop at a time!
Thought for the day
Am I sweeping my front yard or is my sight on my neighbor’s?
Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you. God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them. You can see the speck in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the log in your own eye. How can you say, “My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you don’t see the log in your own eye? You’re nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend’s eye. ~Jesus / Matthew 7:1-5 (CEV)~
Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God. Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother. ~Romans 14:10-13 (Amp)~
My friends, don’t say cruel things about others! If you do, or if you condemn others, you are condemning God’s Law. And if you condemn the Law, you put yourself above the Law and refuse to obey either it or God who gave it. God is our judge, and he can save or destroy us. What right do you have to condemn anyone? ~James 4:11,12 (CEV)~
Lord Jesus, You left us the Father’s guidebook to happiness and the keys to the kingdom; Love God and Love our neighbor as ourselves. Unfortunately we are so tainted by sin that we find it difficult to keep even these simple commandments without intermittent failure. Help us today and during these upcoming holy days to experience personal freedom by not allowing us to pass judgment on another human being. This simple decision and corresponding action will be visible to those we would help of thy power, thy love and thy way of life. May we do thy will always. This we pray in your most holy name, the name above all others, Jesus Christ. Amen.