And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 NKJV
In this season of my life one of the greatest lessons I have been taught have been on grace and humility. It has taught me to become less critical of others but it has also taught me that there is a thin line between that and compromise. That’s a whole different post. This morning verse three (our key verse) stood out to me because of how important introspection is. I’ve always been good at finding my faults and beating myself over the head with them. A pro actually! But at this point in my life I am learning to sit with God, look at my planks, hand them over to Him, and see how I can rid of them, and help others after I do without the shaming.
There is much that needs to happen as far as introspection goes. It doesn’t mean that I can’t see or discern when others
are living out of God’s will but it means that I sure better not be calling everyone out on their stuff to make me feel like my mess no longer matters or isn’t as grave.
This Scripture reminds me that the two most important relationships we have are with ourselves and with God. We must continually reflect on who we are in the moment in two ways: 1) As God sees us (as solidifies in the Scriptures) 2) And by the way we are actually behaving because it is definitely possible for the two to not line up.
Today I was forced to take yet another inventory of the things I have tried to ignore so that I could remain comfortable. Although I didn’t have anyone else in the judgment seat this Scripture reminded me that I needed to be aware of the planks in my eye so that I could give them to God to rid of them so that I could see clearly (See verse 5). Now, I don’t want to see clearly just so I can freely check others. I want to see clearly so I can walk freely in God without weight and burden and to help others to do the same. It’s hard to do that when we’re bound. It’s hard to know we’re bound when we don’t take the time to sit with God and reflect on the planks in our own lives.
So to you, have you evaluated yourself lately? Not to shame or condemn yourself but to free yourself from the things that are hindering your walk with God? If not take a minute to do so. The stuff that rises to the top can be scary but take your time and give it to God. He’s patient because He wants you free! Let Him begin the work and then believe He will finish it (Phil 1:6)!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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