Monday, February 13, 2012

A Judge or A Witness? ~

Today I overheard a friend being extremely critical of someone else. As he went on and on, critiquing this and remarking about that, my ears couldn't believe what they were hearing. As he criticized his "brother", his words began to paint a picture in my mind; a perfect picture of his own life.

You deceive yourselves! First take the log out of your eye, & then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye. Luke 6:42

Why are we so keenly aware of the faults of others and yet blind when it comes to seeing the "real" us?

Those with a low self-image have trouble seeing their God-given talents, while those with an ego often see traits, qualities and talents in themselves the rest of us have yet to see. Either way, the truth is distorted; the perception, askew. Either self-image is unhealthy and potentially destructive.

Jesus came so we might see ourselves in the true light of who we are.

We are sinners.

Sinners who are saved by grace.

As such, we shouldn't think too lowly of ourselves, after all, Jesus thought we were worth dying for and that makes us valuable indeed. Priceless. However, we shouldn't think too highly of ourselves either. After all, it is by God's grace we are what we are. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

If there is anything unbecoming or sinful in us, Jesus is more than ready to forgive us and to re-create us in His image.

If there is anything praiseworthy in us, Jesus is the one to be praised.

Either way, it all comes back to Jesus.

Yes, let God be the Judge. Your job today is to be a witness.
~ Warren Wiersbe

Heavenly Father,
Search me, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalms 139:23-24)
In Jesus' precious name, Amen~

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  1. Amen -- may it always be about Jesus. This post makes me want to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus -- my areas of pride and my areas of insecurity.

  2. Isn't wonderful that we are saved by grace, God is so good. I stumbled upon your blog today by linking up and what a wonderful surprise. Keep on encouraging others with these beautiful posts!!

  3. ah, Jesus. sweet, sweet name. do we have any concept, truly, of how blessed we are? of the privilege it is to be called one of His own? it all comes back around to Him. oh, how i love Him.
    love your sharing,

  4. Hi Stacy - great post. I think there is a bit of a theme going here. Quite a few posts are picking up in judging others and looking at our faults first etc. Maybe God is trying to tell us something?
    Great post
    God bless


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