Jesus is teaching us something we guys need to hear. (Doesn’t He always?!)
We need more discerning men
We need fewer men with critical spirits.
We need more men who know the difference.
Check out what your Lord says:
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Think it over: discernment is recognizing what is good and bad, positive and negative according to God’s truth. Christian men must do this. How else can we lead ourselves, families, businesses and churches without spiritual discernment and God’s wisdom? Law courts and churches and our entire civilization depend on discernment.
Judging as Jesus teaches is criticizing and finding fault with people in order to prop up ourselves by putting them down; it’s evaluating their motives for actions even though we have no way of actually determining what their motives actually are! Who of us can read the mind and heart of another? This kind of judging is playing God. I’m not up for that role, are you?
So our Lord clarifies things in this story:
39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 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? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
We often are the blind man criticizing and judging others. We’re the ones with logs in our eyes that keep us from really seeing. So as men following Jesus, as disciples, we want to learn and be fully trained to think and feel and act like He does. That’s true manhood!
I can only help others after all, if I see clearly, and to see as Jesus sees is to see clearly.
As men following Jesus we become mature men, wise disciples as we take in His truth so that we become discerning. The more discerning we become the more we will see that in terms of actual practice of life, there are many ways to get certain tasks done and God gives people a lot of freedom to do things differently, even if we don’t understand why people do them the way they do.
Viva la difference!
When I start my evaluations of people with: “He does this because…” then I can be almost certain that I’m playing God, judging others with His certitude.
When I do that, I’m a blind guide.
The challenge? Cultivate spiritual and Biblical discernment, not a critical spirit!
Your family and darn near everyone else will love you for it!
You take it to heart!
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