Many of the problems we face in the Church arise from the lack of self-examination. Most of us are very quick to pass judgment on others before seeing our own failures. Jesus addressed this issue in His Sermon on the Mount.
““Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 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” (Matthew 7:1–5).
Notice that self-examination clears up distortions in our own vision so we can see clearly what is taking place in others. It is so important that we first apply biblical truth to ourselves before expecting to help others with that same truth. When we follow Jesus’ teaching about this, we will find that He works in us a spirit of humility. This attitude will gain the respect of others, gain their ear, and then help them apply truth in practical ways.
Let’s help each other by modeling truth, NOT just demanding that others follow it.
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