FOUR POWERFUL WORDS

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Me.

Those are words I keep coming back to. I come back to them when I think that someone else has performed poorly at their task. I think about them when I regard someone as weak in the faith. They flash before my eyes when I speak with an addict who has indulged himself once again in his drug of choice. I am impressed with them when I sense my disappointment flaring up when something I’ve planned doesn’t go the way I thought it should. I cry about these words when I judge others and find fault in them. No matter what I think about someone else, I always end up with one thought.

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Then

There’s

Me.

I’m a pretty good me, but that’s not saying much. I have many faults. I have been forgiven by both human and divine persons so many times that I’m sure I am not even aware of the vast amount of grace that has been offered to me. So how then do I neglect to forgive others? Further, what position am I in to be able to sit in judgment over someone else who is struggling?

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:36-38

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Then

There’s

Me.

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 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 7:1-3   Did you see that? THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE! I didn’t just make up these four words. My Master has taught us to pay attention to those beams! 

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Me.

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand…You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. Romans 14:4, 10

There’s a lot more to say on the subject, but for now I’m working on those four simple words. I’m guessing I’m not alone.

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Thanks for reading.

john

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