Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 14th

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“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

In this passage Jesus reminds us that we often pass judgment on others to keep from examining ourselves and this is wrong. It is wrong for us to spend so much time finding all the little things that are wrong with others while we ignore our own huge problems. We need to address our own problems, weaknesses and sins before we start trying to “fix” anybody else!

Romans 2:1-4 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself because you who pass judgment do the same things. No we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.”

It is important to consider the Spirit in which we seek to correct someone else. Even if we are not guilty of the same offense, we have been guilty enough of other offenses. We need to judge or correct others in a spirit of love, compassion and humility.

The Bible says, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2

Dear God, you have been so patient and kind with me. You provided Jesus as the sacrifice that purifies me from my sin. You sent your Holy Spirit to help complete your work of maturing me. Please bless me as I try to be honest with my own failures, sins, and shortcomings. I don’t want to let Satan use discouragement from my failures to embarrass or alienate me from you or your people. Please work in me your holy will and produce in me your holy character and not find the faults of others to keep me from dealing with my own. In Jesus, I pray. Amen. (Heartlight)

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