“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
My first post of the year, and I have so many choices of things to explore! First we have the opening of Job. We admire Job, how he can go through such despair and still praise God. But then we have Matthew 7, a treasure trove of wisdom from Jesus’s own words. I don’t know if all of this was said in one sitting, but it seems like it. The first truth really sticks with me today. I realize that I’m improving in this area, but I still have far to go. I do know that I am definitely happier since I have made some improvements in this area. I trust that as I grow this will only get better. I love the freedom of not having to worry about what everyone else does. It truly is freeing.
As we move on we hear Jesus tell us:
1 – God really does want to give us our desires. We need to ask!
2 – The Golden Rule is the essence of the law of the prophets. If we think we are following the law but find that we are not treating others the way we want to be treated then we are doing it wrong.
3 – You can tell if someone is a true prophet from the fruit in their lives.
4 – Do you really KNOW Jesus? Is he truly the Lord of your life? We can be deceived…
5 – Build your life on Jesus’ teaching and you will have a strong foundation that will withstand any storm.
Of course, these are a bit oversimplified, but these are great truths. Thank you, Lord, for giving us this wisdom to guide our lives.