“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, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42 (NIV)
That is what I want to be able to do. What do you want to be able to do? I want to be able to see clearly. And let me clear, I don’t want to see clearly so I can go around trying to fix others flaws and failings. Why do you want to see clearly? I want to see clearly so I can be the person you have called me to be. I want to see clearly so I can do what you have called me to do. I know that my own sin will hinder me from being and doing what is good and right and pleasing to you. That is true. What will help you to see clearly? How will you know what thoughts or words, or actions must be removed from your life so you can be and do who and what is pleasing to me? That is such a very good question. Why is it such a very good question? I have blind spots. Sometimes, maybe quite frequently, I have sins and flaws and failings that are obvious to everyone else but not to me. That is a difficult problem, isn’t it? I think so. You must have some ideas how to overcome this problem. What occurs to you? I know that your word and the power of your Holy Spirit will show me what needs to change, what needs to be removed from my life. That’s true. So, I will make it my daily practice to come into your presence, to draw near to you in your word. I will allow your Holy Spirit to use your word to mold and shape my life. That will be very good. You can be certain that my word will change your heart and transform your mind. My word will help you to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me. What else? There is more? Yes, there is more. What else is there? You already mentioned that others see what you cannot see. Yes, I did. Will you allow fellow followers, fellow believers, to speak into your life? Will you welcome my using others to help you to be and do, who and what, is pleasing to me? Will you listen to my word? Will you listen to those I have speak into your life? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I know I am in no way qualified to judge others. I also know it is not my job to go around trying to fix the flaws and failings in others. Even more importantly, I know I am a work in progress. Change my thoughts, words, and actions so they please you. Amen
Key Question… What are some recent changes you have made to your thinking, speaking, or acting?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to change any thoughts, words, and actions of yours that are not pleasing to Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to see what needs to be changed in your thoughts, words, and actions.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to make changes in your life.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you live a godly life filled with prayers that the Lord will hear and answer.
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