Sunday, November 22, 2009
Let me remove the speck from your eye.
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
Jesus said that we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. Part of our loving one another as Jesus loved us is to look out for one another. This means that there will be times when we must point out sin and error in the life and testimony of others. To fail to do so is to wish judgement and death upon our erring brother.
The safe-guard, however, is in Jesus commandment:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)
As we allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, and lead us to repentance, then we are made fit to help others walk away from their sins. The goal is that we will all walk a sanctified life, progressively becoming more and more consistent in lifestyle with what God declared us to be when He justified us through the atonement of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary.