Good morning! Please forgive me for not posting yesterday. I really have no excuse, it just didn't happen. I will try not to let that happen again.
Today we are finishing up Luke chapter six, specifically verses 39 to 49.
Jesus had been speaking of judging, and being merciful toward one another. He continued this line of thought in a parable.
Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? (v39)
41.And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eyes, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?her
42. Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself heholdest not the beam in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Now notice, he did not say don't you dare try to help someone at all by showing them they have a sin that needs to be repented of. He didn't say, mind your own business. What Jesus said was, take care of your own life first. None of us are without fault, but that shouldn't stop us from loving one another enough to say You're wrong. We just need to examine our own lives first, and honestly, and take care of that glaring sin of our own so that we can help someone else.
If you've ever been on an air plane, you know the safety spiel they go through every time. When a situation demands that the oxygen masks drop down, what do they tell you? Put the mask over your own nose and mouth first before you help your kids or anyone else. Otherwise you are not going to be able to properly help.
Children, especially our own, are very observant. Telling them to live one way while they know you are living another just isn't going to fly.
46. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47. Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48. He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the streams did beat vehemently, and immediately if fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
None of us are perfect, but we should strive toward the goal of being more like Jesus every day. We should help our brothers and sisters out, lovingly, if we have examined ourselves first. And finally, do we have that firm foundation built upon the rock of Jesus and his teachings? Or have we built our house on the earth --not focusing as much on God as we are what others say or do?