You hypocrite,first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5
In our first devotional this week, we looked at how Jesus teaches His followers to judge ourselves before judging others. He said, “Then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” The primary concern is not to focus on the sin of another, but to examine our own heart see what we need to confess to God. Once we have taken the step of confessing our sin, and submit ourselves to the standards of Jesus, only then can we see clearly to help our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This aligns with the heart of what the Apostle Paul wrote later in his letter to the Galatians, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
Clearly, brothers and sisters in Christ are encouraged to not judge one another, but we do have the responsibility to help each other walk faithfully with God. This is why the church of Jesus Christ is so important. We can help each other grow in Christ likeness. For every believer, this must begin with a heart of repentance and humility. And then it will move toward a heart of love and grace for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Father, give me a repentant and humble heart before You, and a deep love for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Show me how to lovingly speak truth to my brothers and sisters in Christ according to the hope of becoming more like your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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