Luke 6:41-42 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.”
‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’
I always thought it a strange illustration because no one lives in a glasshouse. Then my mother needed to explain. She said, “Don’t be quick to judge people and criticize them. You do not know what goes on inside their house and what they’re going through.”
I guess I wouldn’t want someone to say something about my family based on their observations that would wrongly portray us.
We have been conditioned by the mainstream media to have an opinion about everything and everyone. Whether it is talk radio, podcasts, live streaming, blogs, or even regular television, we are bombarded with news and opinions that have some slant or leaning.
Conservative or liberal, we look for what suits us.
Jesus saw the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in how they dealt with the people. He knew their influence and wanted to arm the people with the truth. He brought the fundamental truth that if you are right with Me, you will see things right with your neighbor.
Social media has offered a platform for us to comment on anything and everything. From our meals, errands, our pesky neighbor or the way we feel when we woke up, it all is there in plain view for the world to see.
When did we become so self-focused and self-centered?
Jesus points us to a simple command. When asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied:
Matthew 22:36-39 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Love God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul. Love others as you would want to be loved.
It is in the application of these truths that we need help. Wisdom is there for us to grasp. Love that comes from God can flow through us. We need not work up love for others. God can and will do it through us – if we allow Him.
Today, let us take ourselves out of the equation. Let us die to self and live for others!