Just a speck of wood or blinding log?

11/4/2008

A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook

“Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.” — Matthew 7:1 NLT

Our verse comes from the scripture about trying to get a speck of wood out of someone's eye when we have a log in our own eye. This is where we learn not to be judging others. According to the scripture, we are more concerned about getting the speck out of someone’s eye when if we should take time to get the log out of our own eye. We need to start taking care our own eyes and not worrying about what others may do. We cannot get a clear view of anything or our neighbor until we get our own log removed from our eye. After we get our log out, we then can help others As we do things for us to see more clearly, then, and only then, can we worry about others’ eyes.

Jesus Christ told us this so that we wouldn't judge others. We need to take care of ourselves, and go to their aid instead of worrying about what they are doing about the speck in their eye. Once, we take care of ourselves then, we can be of some help to them. We must help others but not judge them. Sometimes we need to look at how we are judging others instead of taking care of our own problems.

We live in danger of being judged based on how we judge others and at a bigger measure. We need to work together instead of talking about others. We can work together to get everything going in the direction we want it to go.

Why we want to judge others and not help them I don't know. Many people have gotten hurt by judging others. People don't see what they are doing when they play judge, jury and punisher. This is not what Jesus Christ would want, and I don't think this is how it was suppose to be. People need to work together instead of judging each other.

Let's all learn to work together, help one another and see what can be done. By working together we can get more done.

God is the only true judge and He can and will be fair to all of us. Don't get caught up trying to judge others, let's work together, pray for each other and help each other.

Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”