KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:3 KJV “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
HYPOCRISY is the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case. The Lord now talked to His audience about not being hypocrites. Hypocrites see all the negatives about others, complain so much about how they are not living right, and sees nothing wrong with themselves. The Lord said whiles you see and complain about the mote in your neighbour’s eye, what do you do about the beam in yours? A mote is like a straw, a chaff or better still a particle of wood. A beam is extremely bigger, the whole wood itself. Man is a fallen being. Our righteousness is like a filthy rag. Isa 64:6 KJV “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” As a man with so much deficiencies how do you overlook them to see what is wrong with your neighbour?
IT is an act of serious hypocrisy to see the errors in others and forget about your inconsistencies. To those of us who have encountered the mercy of God, never judge anyone. We acknowledge it is purely an act of God’s mercy that has made us who and what we are. The scriptures states in 2 Cor 10:12, that we are not wise if we compare ourselves with each other. What is our Lord saying in all these things? The lord is asking us not to use our words to destroy others, but to build them up. When they brought the woman, who was caught in adultery to Jesus, He asked the one who had no ‘sin, to cast the first stone. They all left without casting any stone at her. Jesus spoke to her as follows. Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more. (John 8:3-11)
Jesus discourse in this portion of scripture is an emphasis on the potency of words. Negative words can destroy absolutely. They can kill, depress, break homes, yet every wrong word defiles you the giver first before the receiver of those words. (Mark 7:21-23) Decide that you would use your tongue to encourage, heal, and bless. Refuse to give negative comments about others. Make these things as a matter of policy that you hold. If you maintain this approach to life, the power of God would always have a means of expression through you. The power of God thrives in hearts of love, compassion, and one’s readiness to reveal the nature of God. Ephesians 2:10 According this scripture, we are God’s workmanship to do good woks. You were designed to do only good things. The good and kind words you speak to and about others, initiates this ability in you.
My tongue is God’s instrument of blessing and lifting. I do not speak evil of others, neither do I compare myself to anyone. It is my policy to see the gem in others and help them discover it.
Mark 7:21-23 KJV” For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
John 8:11 KJV” She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”