Taking a Moral Inventory Matthew 7:3-4 “Why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother ‘let me take the speck out of your eye’ and behold the log is in your own eye? You HYPOCRITE! First take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.” This question was meant to be an eye opener, Jesus is in the middle of His section in the sermon on the mount about judging others.. First he says it outright.. “Don’t judge so you will not be judged” Don’t we hear that statement a lot.. “Don’t judge me!”, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone!” But there’s a second thing to look at which He says.. Why are you looking at others, an not noticing yourself? Nevertheless as we continue to read on in the text we will see there are some judgments Jesus does not condemn, but in fact condones them.. So let’s look at our question for the day.. Why are you looking at a speck in someone else’s eye?? What’s the speck? The speck is SIN! Text pointed it out there and although it seems like Jesus is making a measure of sin, He’s not..He’s pointing out that by the same measure we use to measure others it will be measured back to us. … When we look at someone else and what they are NOT doing right, forgetting about our own trespasses we are not wise, because in that we will not have mercy on them hence Jesus’ statement.. “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” This is when we resort to things such as ask that question Jesus mentioned. ”Let me help you clean up your life and we can clean out of your mess first. I can see YOU really need help with that sin YOU are in!” In other words we have already made a decision to say to ourselves … I don’t have it all together but let me set you straight. Don’t worry about the sin in my life it’s about me extracting the sin from yours! I’m deputized to make your sin the main priority in my life” and Jesus says that’s not right…. So because I am so bent on helping you get rid of yours I don’t notice my own. God is saying this is a gross underestimation of our own sin.. The only reason we are judging their sin is because we are too prideful and wicked to look at our own sin…. and should we deal with that we would see we are more humble/meek in our restoring the one who has fallen away! If we would just be mindful of all that the Lord has saved us from today and is still at work in us on.. We will be much more mindful of others in our endeavors to “help out!” Imagine with me, you were Moses in the desert with all those sheep/ Children of Israel, imagine that those children are just as disobedient as they come. You really want to see them changed. While you have a pretty good relationship with God if He is good to anyone else you’re upset because that means somehow He is unfair. The children of Israel murmured, grumbled and complained. Come on don’t act like that’s never been you. And Moses got mad. He began to go before God in anger, and while he was angry one time he walked in disobedience. Sometimes, just sometimes, when we get too focusing in on others sin only not realizing we too need a Savior we would be in the same place they/ the disobedient one we can’t stand to see blessed are. But we say within ourselves, God it’s okay for me to act a fool from time to time and You forgive me, but this person, O no Lord, You have got to set the record straight and be fair. We as a society are so content on “mercy for me and justice for you!” that we miss the real story, which is the daily work Christ is trying to do in us. So Jesus gives us remedy as we take a daily moral inventory, it should not be a list of what our ex- husbands/ex-wives did wrong or how they need to change, and get themselves together or how our neighbor offended us and we need to tell God how desperately He needs to work on them… No, it’s more so about us going to God, declaring His wonderful majesty to us. It’s more about us deciding that the Lord’s way is better than our own and if it hadn’t been for the grace of God we would be in the same place the person we are judging is, but God had mercy on us! From this question we can clearly take away that it’s okay to judge others…but when we do so it should be from a standpoint of having fully already addressed our own sin. The old song says “Sweep around your own front yard before you try to sweep around mine” This is true, but once you have swept around yours…and you’ve realized the goodness of God you will be more merciful and in a spirit of humility..and thereby make more impact!

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