Matthew 7:5 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.
There’s an old saying “Every time you point your finger, you have 3 more point right back at you” that is very similar to the words spoken in the book of Matthew. These words are ringing true now more than ever.
I am a follower of Jesus. To say that out loud, I am also openly admitting that I am a sinner and far from perfect. What I am about to say is mostly directed towards Christians but I am also saying to myself.
In our society, it’s really easy to form judgments of people and their behavior. Social media has made that even easier. A celebrity who does lectures about abstinence but then gets pregnant twice out of wedlock. The SCOTUS makes a decision making gay marriage legal across the United States. A politician or a pastor gets caught having numerous affairs.
I could go on for days listing topics upon which to form judgments. My point isn’t the issues that we focus on but instead how we handle these topics.
How often do we pray for our government instead of just complaining about what they are doing or not doing? How often do we share what God’s Word has to say about a topic rather than just give our own opinion? Do we offer to pray with someone who just got diagnosed with cancer or do we start telling them stories of someone we know with the same thing?
What are we doing? Why is it so easy for us to get caught up in mainstream gossip or selfishness rather than being a true light for Christ?
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians as they are so unlike your Christ"-Ghandi
Let’s take the topic of gay marriage. I’m not going to engage in the current debate about it because certainly there is plenty of discussion already going on with this issue. My concern is how some Christians have reacted to it.
Contrary to some opinion, the greatest threat to Christian marriage is divorce and Christian marriages are not immune to it. Why is it so easy for some Christians to blast gay marriage but not be nearly as outspoken against divorce? What are we as followers of Jesus doing to reduce the broken marriages in our churches? Shouldn’t we start there first before we start pointing the finger at another group of people?
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
I don’t claim to be perfect. Matter of fact, I’m far from it. I depend on the grace of God and look to Jesus for redemption and my salvation.
What can I do to make things better? It starts with me. It starts with me getting into God’s Word more. It starts with me increasing my time with God in prayer. It starts with me repenting for my sins and turning from it. It starts with me focusing on my marriage and leading my family. God wants to move me before I can move others.
I need to continue as a small group leader in the newly married ministry at my church. Not only do I get to help newly married couples get a strong Godly base in their marriage, it helps strengthen mine.
I need to humble myself first before I do or say anything.
I need to remember to stop preaching and pointing the finger at anyone else but myself.
I need to be passionate about Jesus Christ!
I need to celebrate God’s grace in my life, my marriage, my health, and my family.
I need to show less condemnation and much more encouragement
I need to expose people to God’s Word lovingly.
I need to lovingly teach what I can.
If we are claiming to be Christians then our aim needs to be Christ like. Jesus was the same in public and in private. He didn’t only hang with the rich but chose to be with the poor. He was all about spreading God’s message to love one another.
Love really does win!
1 John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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