Planks in our Eyes

Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon

One issue that faces everyone is we become judgmental, on a daily basis in most cases. Sometimes some of us more than others choose to attack others. So let us ask ourselves a simple question to why do we attack others. Is it jealousy? Is it envy? What is the cause of the unnecessary judging of one another? Well to start off, we all know the lines that tell us not to judge; those lines are actually meaning not to judge un-righteously. So when we sit here and say Mary Sue is a loose moral woman for wearing this and that then we ourselves are judging based on appearance and not true moral attributes. We are warned about doing this and being told that we will be judged by the same measure we judge another.

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? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam 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.

(Matthew 7:1-5 KJV)

So Jesus tells us that we have a beam in our own eye that we must first remove it before we try to remove that small speck in the eye of the other person. See we can take that verse and look at it and see that we must break it down and see that we have to self-examine ourselves. This is a hard challenge, as many of us are full of pride and as we know from what Solomon wrote in Proverbs; pride is not a good thing and is actually a deadly sin to carry with you. So first we must humble ourselves before each other as we would humble ourselves before Christ. See we are no better than the non-believer, being saved does not give you a better than thou card to rub into people’s faces. No being saved means that you live a life that honors the teachings of Jesus.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

(James 4:6 KJV)

When it comes to the judging others we see over and over that we should not A) have pride and B) judge un-righteously. Well let’s take a deep look at those two items and really get down into it.  Some will say that if you do not do those two things that it is then okay to pass righteous judgment, yet that in the heart of a Christian should be an oxymoron; because if we look at Luke 6:37 we will see it very plan:

 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

(Luke 6:37 KJV)

See at the end of this verse we see the only thing that we should do, and that is forgive. See we should forgive always and at all times, that is the way of Christ. When we get have anger we judge and when we judge we form a type of hatred for a person, whether we known it or not. Hatred leads to murder in the heart as Jesus taught, so when you judge you are committing a sin based in self-pride and all of this is a waterfall into lukewarm living. Because no sin is more than another, and as a Christian and follower if you claim to be born again then you have the knowledge of the right and wrong more so than the Gentile. Which any sin sets a door for more lust of the flesh.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

(Hebrews 10:26 KJV)

So if we see something we do not like or someone doing something that we know is wrong what are we to do? Well at that point we can approach and by using direct terms and not condemning terms we can reach that person. Outreach is not about directly pointing out the act of sin they are doing but the condition of sins they are doing. You make them expose them and you lead them. Remember we are to be the farmers preparing the harvest for the lord, so it is better to be an Abel than to be a Cain. We need to present a plentiful ripe harvest to the lord, not one were we have turned people away from the Lord.

So we now have an action plan, a plan that we should put into place to keep from slipping into a destructive sin, as there is enough evil out there that can cause pain without ourselves doing it. So let’s look at it:

  • Examine Ourselves
  • Humble ourselves
  • Forgive others

Those three principals alone can keep us from judgement of others. Why, well as well spend the time working on ourselves we will not have the time to place a stumbling block before others. Remember it is never our place to judge but our place to lead as the elect of Christ, we are too lead by example and teach the love by our actions. Waving a finger in the face of everyone that does not live by our standards gets us nowhere. Remember Jesus even walked away from certain people, so it is okay to do so yourselves. Not everyone will find the glory of the One True God. Remember Jesus gave us this commandment:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

(John 13:34 KJV)

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