Matthew 7:1-5 Logging camps

Matthew 7:1-5
“1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.  2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.  3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  4 Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

We make judgements all day whether we want to or not. Will I make it through the light before or turns? Is that guy safe? Why’s he in the handicapped parking? Am I dressed OK for Walmart? Why’s he begging? Blah blah blah.

What’s the story behind the appearance? Do you know enough to cast judgement? Is your life so pristine? Or maybe you know something. I know a lot about addictions and divorce, the consequences, the pain, the process, the intangibles, the pieces. I feel I’ve had a log shoved in my eye and I’ve gently, over time, removed it. I know the pain and turmoil they cause, and I know the insanity that leads there.

I feel passionate that they are wrong. Destructive. At some point in the process driven there by someone’s self (parent, mate, other, us), away from God’s plan.

What happens when you take the log out of your eye? Headaches stop, the crink in your neck goes away, the glasses fit again, and you look at the world through the lens of compassion, not condemnation. As painful as divorce is, living with a selfcentered, selfish psychopath sucks even more. The pain behind addictions is real – if not at the beginning, certainly by the end.

Compassion, not condemnation. I’m far, far, far, far, far, far from perfect, my eyes must look like a river down stream from a logging camp in the spring. The few logs I’ve managed to dislodge though have me understanding the reat of my logs a little better. At least I am seeing them.

Judge not out of self righteous, sanctimonious, pompous condemnation, but out of compassion and love, liked Christ does with us.

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