Matthew 7: 3-5

What’s In Your Eye?

[3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
[4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
[5] Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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What’s in your eye?

First off, we must acknowledge that everyone sins! There has never been nor will there ever be a person, other than Jesus, who has never sinned. We live in a fallen world so everyone will sin and must repent on a regular basis.

It is important for us to remember that before becoming a Christian, we were able to sin easily and comfortably and move on immediately with minimal or no feelings of condemnation. That type of life brings death. We, as Christians, do not want to go back to that!

In this piece of scripture, Jesus is telling us that sometimes we are quite unwilling to see or acknowledge our own sin and the size of it. In fact, we are more than happy to believe that we have no sin or that it’s so small that it doesn’t count.

But when someone comes along with a tiny speck of sin we tend to see it immediately and at times consider it bigger than it really is. We jump right in, giving our “wisdom” while trying to “help” them. This is exactly what this scripture tells us not to do!

Is Jesus saying that we shouldn’t help our brothers?

No, he is saying to recognize and work on our own sins first, so that we will be in a better position to help others if and when they ask for help.

These words of Jesus are telling us to be on the watch that we don’t become hypocritical. We must learn to deal with our own sins before getting involved with others.

Now for the good news! We are so very blessed that God set a plan in place for us, even before we were born into this world. We never have to be alone dealing with our sins. Our Father sent his only son, Jesus, to the cross to die for our sins and to enable us to have direct contact with God, through Him. He has sent the Holy Spirit live and work in us. As Christians, we need to use and abide in the resources that God has given us.

Fight the enemy (sin) by using the Words of God. Ask for forgiveness and then when cleansed, we can put on the armour of God. Once that is done, we can stand strong against the enemy and use the word of God against him.

One stipulation, first we must ask Jesus to be our Saviour and have a good relationship with Him. By abiding in the Lord, we can remove the plank in our eye and then (and only then) can we really help our brother, with love, to remove the speck in his eye, if he asks for help.

(If you have not accepted Jesus into your life yet, and want to learn more, read What is Salvation

My Prayer for Matthew 7:3-5

Heavenly Father

Thank you that you are continually working in my life. With your help, I am growing albeit so very slowly in this area.

I appreciate the conviction I receive from the Holy Spirit and that each time I sin, I feel worse than the time before.

Father I ask you to strengthen the conviction I feel when I do anything wrong. I want to be aware of it immediately and to remember how I feel during and after each sin.

Can I ever stop sinning totally? No, everyone sins every day, but what I can do is repent and be cleansed.

I long to grow in you Lord. I want to be someone you can use on this earth. Someone who lives for you and loves you so much that others can’t help but see Jesus working in me. I pray that what they see in me will make them long to be your child as well.

You are such a loving Father

Thank you that the Holy Spirit will continue to chastise me and correct me when I am in the wrong. And for not leaving me as a lost cause but for continually working in me to help me become a better person.

Once I get rid of the plank in my own eyes, I will see clearly and you will be able to use me to help others.

Father may I always remember to stand with my armour on, ready to fight the enemy at a seconds notice. May I always have ready your Word that I can use to fight and then may I stand solidly on it.

May I never again be caught unaware of Satan (the enemy)working in my life. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. In turn, I will give all of the glory to you!

In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen

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