Affecting Our Vision
One Sunday I was very distracted during the worship service because I had something in my eye. I thought at first it was just an eyelash, but nothing I did seemed to relieve the minor irritation. Pulling out a hand mirror, I tired to locate the irritant to no avail. Finally, I just tried to ignore it. That didn’t work either. That “mote” was such an irritation I missed key points of the Pastor’s sermon.
I had to smile at the thought of Jesus’ words in Matthew about motes. I definitely could not see clearly! Since I had a mote in my eye, I gained new understanding of the truth of Matthew 7:1-5:
“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? 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.”
The Judgmental Eye
Jesus explained when we are being judgmental of others, we fail to notice the beam in our own eye. Beam? Yes! Isn’t it easier to notice everyone’s fault but our own?
I realized during that sermon while I was struggling with my mote that it really did feel like a beam. It completely blocked everything else. I was so focused on it, I could think of nothing else. Isn’t that sometimes how we are when we judge others?
Judging requires constant focus on that individual. When our wrath is stirred, it is the natural man who waits and watches for opportunities to catch this one in an act that surely proves our point. Jesus called us hypocrites because we are so busy watching for the sins of others, we forget all about our own.
Typically our irritations with others are over some small thing that on a better day, we would probably not even notice. It might seem an easy thing to notice the motes in others, but in reality we are usually misjudging that individual.
Letting God Judge
We don’t have all the facts, but God does. Contrast that to when we judge ourselves, we know the truth and can rightfully determine where change is needed. We need to leave others to our Lord who is righteous and just.
Later, I managed to discover the mote in my eye and remove it. Good vision was restored! I pray that God keeps my vision clear, so I can be more understanding of others. Maybe a little forgiveness, grace, and mercy can be extended to that irritating one, instead of judgment.
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