Are you upside down?
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. – Matthew 7:1-5
Did I ever need to read this today. It is so easy to live our lives based on other people but if you live this way you just can’t win. When you live your life trying to live up to the standards other people have set, you will forever be chasing something you can’t attain. It’s so easy for us to judge other people. Especially in the world we live in today. Where we can appear to know everything about somebody but not really know them. Then judge them from a distance and shoot them with long distance judgement missiles on social media. But remember, you will be treated like you treat others. Those high and lofty standards you have set for everyone else will be put to the test when you mess up. I love what Jesus says here in this passage.
How about we deal with our own junk? Deal with the fence post in your own eye. Then you will see that the junk in your friends life is not as big as your own and you will really be able to help them. You just won’t win if you try to fake it till you make it when dealing with sin. We live in a world spun upside down by sin and the only way to be right side up is by following Jesus. Help your friends deal with the junk in their life by dealing with your own first.