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(Originally published by Nattie on October 22, 2003)
This isn’t really a well formulated post, just a little free write on what is on my mind.
I’ve been very convicted lately about judging others attitudes, motives and words. Why do I judge? I say that I am concerned about the witness they are to others who might not believe. And I think that is a part of it. But the majority of it is that it is sooooo much easier to see someone else’s faults instead of looking at our own.

You know what Jesus says about it:

“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?”–Matthew 7:3 (NIV)
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”–John 8:7b (NIV)

Okay, IF my motives are pure, and I truly think something needs to be said, how do I do it?
Do I attack or barrage the person with insults (and, yes, I’ve been guilty of doing this)?
Or do I do what Jesus commands?

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”–Matthew 18:15-17 (NIV)

That doesn’t really answer all my questions, but I do know that if my motives are right when I approach “my brother,” I should approach him with love and truth. I’d find the verses to support that but my daughter is wanting me to read her If You Give A Mouse a Cookie.
So let us prayerfully examine our motives. And then if they are pure, act on them.
Oh, and did I mention that my pastor brought up this same subject at prayer meeting tonight? That is a Godstop. :o) And definitely not a coincidence.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.–2 Peter 3:19

Copyright Natalie Rose York

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