THEME: Examine Yourself
PASSAGE: Luke 6:37-42
HYMN: MHB 291- GRACIOUS Spirit, dwell with me!
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?”
The saying that “He who
lives in glass houses should be careful of throwing stones” is a good summary of the teaching of Jesus in this passage. It is expedient that before we take any action as it affects the other person, we should, first of all, consider and examine our lives. Before you judge someone who has committed an offence, weigh the gravity of their offence with your own.
The case of David and Uriah is an example of people who judge rashly without a second thought. God sent Nathan, the prophet, to David proverbially to make him see how he (David) having so much, had to snatch from someone with just only one. David quickly pronounced judgment not knowing he was the culprit. If he had known that he was the vile offender maybe he wouldn’t have pronounced the judgment like that.
It is wrong for us to use our position to cover up our sins whether great or small and sit in judgment to judge others with seemingly little sin. We have heard the story in this country where someone who stole yam because of hunger was severely punished by looters of millions of naira. This was what Jesus referred to as hypocrisy.
Our calling as Christians is a call to inward and outward holiness. We should be 100 per cent holy and we should, therefore, avoid paying lip-service to holiness, by condemning others, while we think it doesn’t matter what we ourselves do. Before you criticize someone, remember you have a ‘beam’ in your own eyes! First remove this beam so that you can clearly see the speck in another person’s eye. Always examine yourself before you condemn others
PRAYER: Lord, subdue all judgmental manifestations of the flesh in me. Amen

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