"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
These days’ people judge you on mere appearance or based on their own assumptions. Before I knew Jesus I used to live by these principles myself and I still sometimes fall into the trap of passing judgements. I am writing this, to simply encourage us as brothers and sisters not to look at each other in condemnation or judgement; this is not God's will. God wants us to be building each other up, not having the opposite effect on each other. Just because something is not being done the way we like it, that doesn't mean we have to pass false accusations. Our thoughts and feelings may well be wrong. Finally, let not us look at someone's sin and condemn them for it, for we too are sinners, instead let us support each other.
1 Samuel 16:7
'But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at, people look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'
Also, I do not want you to worry, if you are feeling condemned or accused by others, because remember the accusation of man and Satan is false, rather it is our God who knows our heart!
Another common thing we do as Christians is look at others, again from an outward view and we become intrigued; either due to spiritual envy or we look at people above ourselves, thinking we could never do that, this is not of God. Remember Jesus said to Peter to pretty much mind his own business! He said what is that to you? You follow me!
And I believe that we need to focus on our own journey with Jesus. Do not get me wrong, fellowship is so important, but sometimes we need to stop looking at others and judging them by our own insight and instead we should walk with them through their journey with Christ.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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