â€œAnd why do you look at the speck in your brotherâ€™s
eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?â€
Seeing through eyes of love, even though we have the love of Jesus dwelling within our hearts, does not come easy for these earthly bodies of mere flesh. Oh, how often do we look critically at others wanting to change the way they look, speak, and act. We are all guilty, and if we say â€œwe have no sinâ€ we lie and the truth is not in us! WOW, does that sting a little? This is truth written within Godâ€™s Word. How do we handle this plank lovingly?
As we turn our thoughts and hearts toward Jesus and the love and acceptance He has of our sin and imperfection, then we can take a second look at others and say, Father please forgive me. I recently heard a sermon on â€œworking out our own salvation,â€ and this devotion entails this very subject. We are responsible for our actions and must be ready to acknowledge and repent of them â€“ or we will be faced with them on the Day of Judgment!
I have heard it said, “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones,” and how true this is. We must accept the truth that none of us are perfect and will never be until Jesus comes and changes us into our heavenly bodies. So my prayer is that all of us, Godâ€™s children, will first see ourselves in our own imperfection and sin before we cast the first stone. I am reminded of this verse, John 8:7, “So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
I realize this has been a heart-searching devotion, but this is how the Holy Spirit works within to cleanse His vessels of impurities. It always hurts, but there is another adage we all are familiar with: “no pain, no gain,” right?Â I would like to leave with you this also valuable verse from Godâ€™s Word:
â€œOr how can you say to your brother, â€˜Brother, let me remove the speck
that is in your eye,â€™ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your
own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then
you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brotherâ€™s eye.”