© First Remove the Plank from Your Own Eye 

Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)  

3 “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? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 

This post comes after much heated debate about gays in the church, gay marriage, gay rights, etc…  While I don’t condone it, I certainly to do not condemn either, because there is only one God, and fallible man cannot speak on His behalf with hatred in his heart.

I won’t go in depth, but here’s my response within an online community where members were debating back and forth.  Truthfully, it’s an easy resolution…

“Whether or not there are homosexuals in the church, will not change scripture, and it should not prevent the pastor from preaching Truth.

However, every member is a sinner, even those at the pulpit.

The REAL issue is in the way we treat one another.

The difference between homosexuals and (most) other sinners is that they wear their sins on their sleeves; and the rest of us try our best to hide our sins.

While sin should never be glorified, it doesn’t take away from the fact that we ALL fall short of the glory of the Lord.

We are all in need of our Savior to deliver us from sin, cleanse our hearts of hidden faults, and encourage righteousness living.

We have no right to shun our struggling brothers and sisters – our responsibility is to love everyone with the love of Christ, and to pray with and for them.” 💜  

* Pray for others sincerely, and let the Holy Spirit do His work within each man. God bless you all… 

PRAYER: Father God, I pray You would open all our hearts to You, our eyes to Your Spirit, and our ears to Your voice, Lord. help us to love others unconditionally as Jesus came to earth to show us how to do so.  Help us to remember that there is no perfection on earth, that everyone is fallible, everyone is a sinner from birth to death, and that we will not be able to lead others to Christ if Christ does not first live within us.  Cover us with Your peace that surpasses all understanding as we learn to love others.  Help us to die to the flesh daily and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Help us to see everyone according to the Spirit and not by the flesh that fails us all. Thank You Jesus for being our example of Love for others! In Jesus loving and precious name we pray, Amen…

 

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