It was a long day. And hard to sit at my computer for today’s post. Therefore, my formatting may be a little different but my heart for today’s post is 100% here.

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Passages

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 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? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

James 1:13-15 ESV

The log in my eye hinders my perspective and places distance between God and I.

Process

In the passage Jesus is teaching about not judging others for engaging in the same behaviors we ourselves are committing. I selected this verse after really thinking about verse 3 and the barriers it can erect in my life.

Remember think, believe, act.

The person Jesus is speaking of can see the speck of sawdust in the eye of his brother while totally missing the log in his eye. This passage is used and abused because it is mostly used inappropriately. However, today I hope to have you see it from the perspective of your life.

When we walk around with logs in our eyes how does that hinder our view of others?

How does it block our view of God?

What is the log Jesus is speaking of?

The term judge means “to judge a person to be guilty and liable to punishment”. (Note 1). Based on this passage, I reason that the the person in the teaching:

…Observed

…Evaluated

…Concluded

…And then he judged his brother guilty.

He did this all without seeing himself.

What does this have to do with our thoughts?

Everything.

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We have to redirect our sight and see into our hearts. We cannot be so focused on what is outside of our control that we miss the logs that are kindling in our hearts.

These logs are slowly erecting walls.

Walls turn into boxes.

Boxes turn into enclosures.

Nothing in, nothing out.

The Book of James helped me see how the log could conveniently not exist. You see, when it is something I want, or something I desire my log will cease to exist, in my own eyes. But this my friends is a trap.

A log…

A wall…

A box…

You see this “invisible log” is a kindling of sin. This, when overlooked and left unconfessed, will mature to the point of death.

What does this have to do with our thoughts?

Everything.

Have you ever stopped to think about the size of a speck of sawdust? Really? Stop for a second and think about that.

How much examination do you believe he gave to his brother to observe a speck?

Proverbs 21:2 tells us our ways always seem right to us. But God weighs the heart.

We can’t outmaneuver it.

We can’t divert it.

We can’t avoid it.

What does this have to do with our thoughts?

It’s simple: Own up to it.

Nip it in the bud.

I don’t really know how to explain this, it may be the fog on my brain. But as we walk through this series we will see things about ourselves we don’t like. We will see things about ourselves that are not like Christ.

When you see it, confess it. Don’t let it take hold of you.

Remember, as we learned yesterday, we have been empowered to control our thoughts.

Proverbs 28:13 tells us concealing sin blocks our growth. Yet when we confess sin God has compassion on us and forgives us.

As a result, I propose like the man in the story we too must examine our thoughts by:

  • Observing,
  • Evaluating, and
  • Concluding

…Whether they are God honoring.

In doing this I believe we extinguish the logs kindling in our hearts and experience a closer walk with Him.

The Principle

Christian thinking requires observing, evaluating and concluding whether our thoughts are God honoring. And if they are not confess and adjust.

Practical

Keep working on the same task.

Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.

At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.

Consider also: What logs am I avoiding? Have a few extra minutes? Read Psalm 32. I hope you will be blessed.

“Put It In Your Pocket”

I am forgiven.

My Prayer

My God, My Rock, and My Redeemer.

Thank you that your love forgives the darkness that lurks beneath my service. That you compassion does not hesitate to cover my sin. That you a new start is only a request away. That Your forgiveness will always be enough.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Preview Day 13

I am planning to write about 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 tomorrow. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.

“See” you tomorrow.

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Note 1. Louw, Johannes P., and Eugene Albert Nida. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains. New York: United Bible Societies, 1996.

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