Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 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? 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. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Today's Morsel: There have probably been times when we have ignored our own sins and problems and have pointed the finger at someone else. We may be out of touch with our internal affairs because we are still blaming others for our moral choices. Or perhaps we avoid self-examination by taking moral inventory of others around us. Many of us are like Adam and Eve, we blame others for our wrong doing. When God asked Adam, "Have you eaten from the tree I told you not to eat from?" Adam said, "The woman you gave me gave to me." And when God said to Eve, "What have you done?" Eve said, "The serpent beguiled me." (My wording). They each fail to take responsibility for their actions. It seems to be human nature to blame others as our first line of defense. We may also avoid our own problems by criticizing and blaming others. But Jesus tells us, "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? 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." We need to get the beam out of our eye before we can get the speck out of someone else's eye. The best kind of examination is self-examination. If we judge ourselves, we won't have to worry about others judging us.
Sing: To be like Jesus! To be like Jesus! On earth I long to be like Him. All through life's journey from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.