Devotional: ‘Cast the Beam Out of Thine Eye’    

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Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.” NKJV

If ever there was a verse of Scripture that everyone knew, it is this one. As soon as something is called sin, there is someone there to remind us that we are not supposed to judge. But what did Jesus mean when He told us to not judge? Was He saying that we should never use godly wisdom in making our decisions regarding what we will approve and accept, or did He mean something else? Jesus was not saying “Don’t use discernment.” What He was saying was, “Don’t condemn others with the desire to destroy them.” How can we overcome the temptation to overly critical of others? Consider His words and the two important truths we must remember.

Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. NKJV

1) WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE WAY WE JUDGE 

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. NKJV

Warren Wiersbe writes, “Not only will God judge us at the end, but people are also judging us right now; and we receive from people exactly what we give. The kind of judgment, and the measure of judgment, comes right back to us. We reap what we have sown.”

2) BEFORE WE JUDGE OTHERS, WE SHOULD FIRST JUDGE OURSELVES

Matthew 7:3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” NKJV.

Notice that Jesus said that it is hypocritical for us to call out the specks in the eyes of others while ignoring the beams in our own. Notice also that our Lord does not say to simply recognize the beam in our eye and leave it there. He tells us to deal with it. “…remove the plank from your own eye…” our Lord tells us. Deal with the sin in your life and then you will be able to help others.

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Here are some final thoughts that can help us overcome negative and critical spirits:

  • We must recognize and confess our negative and critical spirit as being sinful in the eyes of God. (see 1 John 1:8-9)
  • We must repent of our negative and critical spirits. (to repent means to have a change of mind and to go the opposite direction) (see Mark 1:4; Luke 3:10-14)
  • We must ask God to cleanse us and to create within us the right kind of spirit – a Christ-like spirit. (see Psalm 51:10)
  • We must strive at all times to live and walk in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. (see Galatians 5:16-23)

If the Lord could convert a Son of Thunder into an Apostle of Love, surely, He can help us as well. I pray that this week’s study has been a help to you. Until we meet again, God bless you brethren.

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