And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? — Matthew 7:3 (NLT)
Ouch! Jesus said:
And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?
Matthew 7:3 (NLT)
Driving is my log! Well, one of them anyway! We all have logs. Things that we do wrong, things we do wrong without even thinking about them, things that we do wrong that we don’t even realise that are wrong. Small things, trivial things, petty things; and sometimes big things that we sweep under the carpet and want to put to the back of our mind and forget about and ignore. We all have logs.
Mine is driving, for sure! I am competitive, possessive, judgmental, arrogant, holier-than-thou, and at my worse, dangerous. At best, whenever someone is driving carefully and cautiously along the road at 30 miles per hour, but the speed limit is 40 miles per hour and I happen to be behind them, I growl and shout and moan and whine, and call them all sorts of names for driving so slow – all within the confines of my own car, and nobody knows because I drive alone! At worse … well … it’s not good. If you have experienced road rage, you will understand; if you haven’t, I pray you don’t come across it.
I’m always asking for forgiveness. I know I get thing wrong. I know that I don’t act like Jesus would. There is no way that He would have road rage! There is no way that He would get upset with other road users. He spent His time travelling from village to village, from town to town, and regardless of the delays and the people who distracted Him and pulled Him aside for their own needs, He always had time for them, He never felt that He was slowed down or delayed. He simply dealt with whatever He faced with grace, humility and gentleness. He was never hurried, He was never harried, He was never harassed.
So, when I was driving along the road the other day, not hurried or harried or harassed; just driving along and (as I often do) praying and talking with God, the lorry full of logs appeared in front of me! It made me think, and it made me pray about the log in my own eye. And the number plate of the lorry in font? It ended in LOG!
What a reminder! Of the log in my own eye. And we must continuously ask ourselves, “Why worry about the speck in our friend’s eye? What about the log in our own?”
May we pray: Thank You, heavenly Father, that we are reminded about the log in our own eye. Help us ignore the speck in the eyes of our brothers and sisters! We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling with the log in your eye right now, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone. May God Bless You.
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