Matthew 7 – Finger Pointing

Good Afternoon y’all. Today we are looking at Matthew 7

Be blessed 🙂

image

Matthew 7: 1-5 (NLT) :

1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.[a] The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.[b] 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[c] when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend,[d] ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye”.

As Christians we shouldn’t go around with a judgmental attitude thinking we are better than others, displaying a holier than thou attitude or being quick to condemn others. One tends to find out that those people who are condemning, are also guilty of the same offence! I’m reminded of the story of the women caught in adultery (John 8: 1- 11). The people who were quick to judge her, were no where to be found after Jesus told them if none of them are guilty of an offence, they can cast the first stone. They all disappeared one by one until Jesus was the only one left and He told the woman to go and sin no more. He showed her compassion instead of condemnation. If Jesus had condemned her, perhaps this woman wouldn’t have experienced the love of God and come to know Him. A lot of people have missed out on salvation because of someones judgmental attitude towards them.

Jesus clearly tells us not to judge others because we too will be judged. I often hear people say when you point a finger at someone there are 3 fingers pointing back at you. The Message version of verses 1 – 5, drives home this point about judging others.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor”. (Matthew 7:1-5 MSG)

People will treat us as we treat them. If we want to be treated rightly then we need to make the effort to treat others rightly as well.
If we all treated each other the way we want to be treated, the world we live in today, will be a better place. As Christians we are called to be different and not live as the people of the world do. Jesus has set the standard for us. Yet most Christians are quick to judge and condemn each other 😦 sometimes i find myself doing it without even realizing I am condemning with my words or actions. Church hurt has become really common today because of this attitude. I have had people say to me they would rather stay at home and pray to God in their room than go to church and have someone look down on them because they don’t fit their expectations or not good enough. When i hear statements like this, it breaks my heart because the church should be a place where all are welcome irrespective of color or status.

We are the church of Christ and not the building. If we want to see change, it has to start from us. Each and everyone of us has a part to play as stated in verse 12 of our chapter today. I pray God gives us the grace to carry out this instruction

“Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets[a] are all about”. (Matthew 7: 12 CEV)

“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get. (Matthew 7: 12 MSG)

Verse 21 – 23 was a bit scary when I read it. Made me ponder on my obedience to Gods instructions. I don’t want God to reject me on that fateful day due to disobedience

“Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.” (Matthew 7: 21 -23 MSG)

I pray God will give us the grace to be obedient to His word.

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for reminding us of how we should treat each other. We ask for grace to deal with others with compassion, help us not judge and condemn. Give us the grace to fully obey You. Thank you Dear Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

Thanks for joining today.

Have a wonderful evening 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s