Matthew 7:1-5

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.- Matthew 7:1-5

Dear Jesus,

I hate to admit it that I have been that guy pointing out the faults of others and crying their sins and weaknesses when all the while I had similar sins going on in my own heart and life. It's humbling but it's true. How hard it must be for you, the perfect Son of God, to watch us get mad at others while we are still failing in so may ways ourselves. Oh, the patience and the pointed power I see in your words here. If I will go through the painful process of repentance and apology myself, then I will see how to gently and clearly lead others out of their sins. Help to let your Holy Spirit do his surgery on my heart. Give me the insight and power to deal with my own sins first before trying to correct others.


Pastor Don Patterson

A wise person will let himself be corrected even though it comes with sharp pain.