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Here Comes da Judge

Matthew 7:4,5 Why do you say to your friend, ‘Let me take that piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You are a hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to get the dust out of your friend’s eye.

Okay, so the world is full of imperfect people and yes, the pressure’s rising and yes, we have this tendency to get grumpy with them. But the more that goes on, the uglier it gets. So have you ever wondered what they think of you when you get grumpy with them?

Let’s be honest – the world hates a hypocrite. And, if the truth be known, you and I aren’t all that keen on them either … as long as it’s them out there. I mean, by definition they’re the ones who are the hypocrites, not you or me. Surely not! Hmm.

Have you ever honked your horn at someone for changing lanes in the traffic without warning, without using their indicator? And then, just a few minutes later, you find yourself doing exactly the same thing as them!

I have. Whoops. Hypocrite.

Jesus put it this way: Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you.

But He knew that the hypocrisy in our hearts would be much more difficult to move, that it’d need some much stronger teaching than merely that. So He went on to hit them – and us by the way – right between the eyes with this:

Matthew 7:4,5 Why do you say to your friend, ‘Let me take that piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You are a hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to get the dust out of your friend’s eye.

Yeah … you can’t mistake His meaning there, can you?

And the thing I’ve noticed is that when we appoint ourselves as judge, jury and executioner, we’re the ones who spend our lives getting upset. It ruins our lives as much as the next person’s.

And besides … the world hates a hypocrite.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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