You hypocrite

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:39-42

I guess the biggest knock on Christians and the Christian churches is that we are hypocrites. Unfortunately there is a lot of truth to their claim. How often do we have two separate lives? One on Sundays and another the rest of the week. We preach love and then forget to practice it when dealing with others. In particular when dealing with those whose lifestyles we disapprove.

Each of us has enough sin in our lives that we need to take care of that we do not need to look at others’ sins to resolve. Jesus is telling us to day to get our own house in order before we criticize someone else’s housekeeping. We can easily see the dust on their bookcase but are oblivious to the mud tracked in on our own floors. Of course taking stock of our own sins is never fun. In fact we often want to minimize our sins as little sins. It always seems easier to spot what others are doing wrong than the see where we fall short.

All of us, myself first of all, need to make sure we walk the walk when we talk the talk. Acting pious on Sunday and then taking a take no prisoners attitude the rest of the week does not make the unbeliever want to associate with us and turns them off Christ. Like it or not but we are the first thing people will learn about Jesus. It has been said that we are the only Bibles many will ever read and we are certainly the first Bible they will encounter. It is up to us that they encounter a positive and accurate translation.

Will we slip up? Of course we will but we need to project Jesus more often than we project the world or worse yet Satan. That means being honest with ourselves and being honest with others when we fall short. When we fail admit it and let them know that our goal is being like Jesus even though we may fail at time. When we are honest with people then they are more likely to listen to us when we share Jesus with them. And just like a real home, the work is never done. Just when you get one thing done something else needs attention. Still the rewards for us and those around us are eternal.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to You hypocrite

  1. Yes it is True David, God does warn us not to critically judge anyone’s weaknesses and shortcomings, or it’s like looking at our own reflection , we all have them, I’m sure I have more than you or should I say my speck is bigger.

    Some mistakenly believe Luke 6:39-42 is in reference to sin but if it was it would be contradicting the other Scriptures where God tells us to judge those who sin in the Church but of course not with a fleshy agenda but with His Truth and yes we need to be sure we have come to heart repentance too..

    We do not continue to sin when we are Born again, we have God’s seed or Nature, to say we do means we have to reject a lot of Scripture that confirms we don’t, as we can see below, we have to put our flesh to death and aim to be perfected in Love and than we no longer fear the torment of Hell and if we are known by God as His we will because He will empower us to.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    1John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    Jesus is our only Teacher, He has set us free from the Slavery of sin so that we can be conformed into His image and He does not sin and nor will we and we have His mind so we don’t choose to sin either, we will be just as He is in this world……

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Rather than judge our fellow Christians we need to council them and yes show them where they are in error. What I was trying to get across and may have failed was that we should not be judgmental. We do need to judge sinful acts so that we do not fall prey to them ourselves but when dealing with unbelievers we first and foremost need to love them. God will convince believers of their sins all we will do is drive people away when we judge first rather than love first. Anne thank your comments always make me think more about what I wrote. Have a blessed day, David

  3. To council anyone David we have to judge them as doing wrong but I agree with you we do not condemn them, we warn them in Love and for Love, to help them not to hurt them.

    When I first started going to Church I came with a lot of baggage some of which I carried for many years till I came to True heart repentance (see link below) I had Addictions and was involved in the Occult, I was asked to Lunch by one of the Elders and his wife, after we had eaten I asked her what her Star sign was, she told me Christians did not follow the Stars, they are not what God wants us to focus on.

    Rescued – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/jesus-rescued-his-lost-sheep/

    I just thought she was being narrow minded but a few month’s later I was invited to a Woman’s Camp and during the time I was there, we were taught what God approves of and disapproves of and of course the Occult was one of the main things with it being Satan’s playground, they showed me in Scripture why it was not acceptable.

    When I went home Ron and I burnt everything I had connected with it and I thanked the Elder’s wife for her faithfulness because the seed she planted made me take notice of what I was being told by the woman at the Camp who were strangers to me but she wasn’t by that time and I realized it was because she cared that she did not hold back from saying what was God’s Truth to me.

    We are all responsible for keeping the God’s Church pure, we are Jesus’ hands, arms feet and voice, they can not know God’s Truth without hearing it, will they always accept it No! itching ears don’t want to be told they are in error but we still have to be faithful to share it

    Blessings – Anne

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