Monday, 16 January 2012

Look at the plank in your eye first!

Have you ever had a run in with someone and thought, "That's it! I'm going to go see what the bible says about that!" and you storm off in all your Christian glory to just 'show them' where they are going wrong?!


I've had moments like that!  I rush off to my bible, open it up randomly and yes, God does give me some scripture:
Prov 21 v 9:  It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Prov 21 v 19:  It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and angry woman.
Prov 14 v 1:  Every wise woman builds her house but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

SIGH!

At this point I'm thinking "Okay Lord, but what about that person?  Its so unfair, etc, etc." And God's saying, "You work on you and I'll work on them!"

So I stand at a crossroad:
  1. I can continue chasing that person onto the rooftop or into the desert (some peace and quiet - just saying - smiles), or
  2. I can try to build my home with God's help, minding my tongue, focusing on changing my attitude and leaving the other person in God's hands.
Matt 7 v 3:  And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Work on my attitude!
My encouragement to you is to trust God to work in the other's person's heart and to work with God on your own heart and watch how things work out for the good.  His word says so.

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with:
Joan at The Beauty in His grip for:

and Shanda at A Pause on the Path for:

and Joan at Reflections of His Grace for:

and Laura at Beholding Glory for:

13 comments:

  1. "You work on you and I'll work on them!"

    Posting this on my bathroom mirror! :)

    Thanks, Tracy-
    Sweet blessings on your week-
    ~Stacy

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  2. Love it, I find it so much easier seeing the speck in their eye than the plank in mine. Sigh!

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  3. We can always count on God to take care of things but sometimes He has to put me in a straight jacket so He can work.....

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  4. I think it tends to be easier to look at someone else's speck rather than our own plank because we wrongly assume that it will make us feel better about ourselves. (We don't want to think there is anything wrong with us! lol) However, that's not the way things truly work! Only by placing our faith in God and allowing Him to change our own hearts will we be able to be a light for Him. And when we are a light for Him...well, that is a true blessing!

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  5. A choice we must all make... every day if necessary :)

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  6. Timely word as always, friend. Ugghh. How many times have I done this. Oh, the issue of trust....knowing, that if I take care of me...God is big enough to deal with that other person. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. Love it, Tracy! Hard to take care of that splinter in their eye with a big old plank in my eye. I need to let God do the work in my heart first. :)

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  8. I usually open my mouth before I allow Him to work it out, then I am sorry for ill words spoken. Eventually He does work on them too. (and me)

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  9. So true. We need to work on our own hearts and let God take care of the others.
    I'm praying for you today: for comfort and peace. Sending hugs.

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  10. Something we all can use, Thank You!

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  11. Tracy,

    Oh my how I have done this, how many times I have sat in church listening to a sermon and straight up telling God, ya know so and so really needs to hear this message I don't know why you don't out it on their heart to finally accept my invitation to church. Yikes! now that I think about it, I think I needed that message more than they did.

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  12. I just had this happen the other day when I was really angry with someone. I went to look for inspiration from Scripture or from the Saints that would make me feel justified in my anger. All I found was just the opposite, I ended up being pointed to my own imperfections in the situation.

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  13. Hi Tricia - I think God has a very good sense of humour.
    God bless
    Tracy

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