3/29/15 Clean Your House Before Helping To Clean Your Brother’s

“Often, people are most judgmental with those they are closest to – family, friends.  Because you know the person intimately, you believe that you know his or her heart and all the circumstances behind their actions.  But whether it is a spouse, a sibling, a parent, child, or friend, it is not you!  Your Heavenly Father is the only one who truly knows everything there is to know about a person, and so He is the only one qualified to judge anyone.  Before you jump to judging your brother, judge yourself first.  Don’t go to your brother and say, “Uh, Brother, you have a splinter in your eye,” because your brother may look at you and reply, “How can you see a splinter in my eye with that 2×4 in your eye?”  Your sins may be much greater than those of the person you are judging.  First, take the 2×4 out of your own eye – examine yourself and your own actions, and repent of your own sins.  Then you will be able to see more clearly, and can help your brother with his difficulties, thereby removing the splinter from his eye.”

Matthew 7:3-5, Luke 6:41-42

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