Pray that prayer!

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Dec 292017
 

By nature we are both faultfinders and fault avoiders!

We can see the errors of others much more easily than our own-
– and manage to expect change from them while finding excuses for ourselves.

When the Pharisees brought an immoral woman before Jesus, their intent was to pin Him on the horns of a dilemma (John 8:7).

How could He, a friend of sinners, condemn her?
How could He, a righteous man, fail to keep the law?

Their focus was on Jesus-
– as they not only set but also sprung their trap.

Ever notice that the man involved in this act of adultery was not brought before Jesus?

Perhaps the adultery itself was part of the setting of the trap and he was part of the plot, providing an opportunity to catch a woman in the act.

Then the unexpected occurred.
Instead of answering their question-
Jesus pinned the Pharisees with His statement, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (v 7).

No stones were thrown.
Their error was exposed.
The faultfinders could not avoid their own faults.

It is interesting that the first to leave were the older ones-
– men who knew there was no use denying their own sins.

Seeing the wrong in others is easy!
Seeing the wrong in ourselves is imperative!!

There are times when we confront others biblically regarding their sins.
But we must always confront ourselves as well.

The psalmist prayed:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps 139:23-24).

Pray that prayer now and often-
-especially when you are finding fault in others.

(PA)

Lowell’s syndrome!

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Oct 032017
 

“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).

Sir Percival Lowell was an author, mathematician, and the world’s most distinguished astronomer during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

But Lowell was best known for his speculation that canals existed on Mars.

In 1877, he heard that an esteemed Italian astronomer had seen straight lines crisscrossing the red planet’s surface.

As a result, Lowell spent the rest of his years squinting into the eyepiece of a giant telescope, mapping the channels and canals that he saw.

He was convinced that there was life on Mars, even an older and wiser race than humanity.
As a result, his observations gained wide acceptance.

Today, we know space probes that have orbited and landed on Mars show there are no canals on the Martian surface.
So how could Lowell have been mistaken?

There are two possible reasons:
1.He wanted so badly to see the canals that he convinced himself he did.
2.We now know that he suffered from a rare eye disease that made him see the blood vessels in his own eyes.

The canals he saw on Mars were nothing more than the veins in his eyeballs.
Today, this disease is known as “Lowell’s syndrome!”

When Jesus warned that “in the same way…you will be judged” and cautioned about missing the “plank in your own eye”, do you think He could have been referring to a so-called spiritual Lowell’s syndrome?

Again and again-
– we see faults in others because we don’t want to believe anything better about them.
And many times we think we have a clear view of their shortcomings when in fact our vision has been distorted by the plank in our own eyes.

May we never judge others.
But always commit them to the Lord in prayer.
Ask God to help you recognize the “planks” in your own eyes-
– before judging others and see the good He has created in them.

(PA)

Pray that prayer!

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Jun 292015
 

By nature we are both faultfinders and fault avoiders!

We can see the errors of others much more easily than our own-
– and manage to expect change from them while finding excuses for ourselves.

When the Pharisees brought an immoral woman before Jesus, their intent was to pin Him on the horns of a dilemma (John 8:7).

How could He, a friend of sinners, condemn her?
How could He, a righteous man, fail to keep the law?

Their focus was on Jesus-
– as they not only set but also sprung their trap.

Ever notice that the man involved in this act of adultery was not brought before Jesus?

Perhaps the adultery itself was part of the setting of the trap and he was part of the plot, providing an opportunity to catch a woman in the act.

Then the unexpected occurred.
Instead of answering their question-
Jesus pinned the Pharisees with His statement, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (v 7).

No stones were thrown.
Their error was exposed.
The faultfinders could not avoid their own faults.

It is interesting that the first to leave were the older ones-
– men who knew there was no use denying their own sins.

Seeing the wrong in others is easy!
Seeing the wrong in ourselves is imperative!!

There are times when we confront others biblically regarding their sins.
But we must always confront ourselves as well.

The psalmist prayed:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps 139:23-24).

Pray that prayer now and often-
-especially when you are finding fault in others.

(PR)

Lowell’s syndrome!

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Apr 172015
 

“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).
Sir Percival Lowell was an author, mathematician, and the world’s most distinguished astronomer during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
But Lowell was best known for his speculation that canals existed on Mars.

In 1877, he heard that an esteemed Italian astronomer had seen straight lines crisscrossing the red planet’s surface.
As a result, Lowell spent the rest of his years squinting into the eyepiece of a giant telescope, mapping the channels and canals that he saw.

He was convinced that there was life on Mars, even an older and wiser race than humanity.
As a result, his observations gained wide acceptance.

Today, we know space probes that have orbited and landed on Mars show there are no canals on the Martian surface.
So how could Lowell have been mistaken?

There are two possible reasons:
1.He wanted so badly to see the canals that he convinced himself he did.
2.We now know that he suffered from a rare eye disease that made him see the blood vessels in his own eyes.

The canals he saw on Mars were nothing more than the veins in his eyeballs.
Today, this disease is known as “Lowell’s syndrome!”

When Jesus warned that “in the same way…you will be judged” and cautioned about missing the “plank in your own eye”, do you think He could have been referring to a so-called spiritual Lowell’s syndrome?

Again and again-
– we see faults in others because we don’t want to believe anything better about them.
And many times we think we have a clear view of their shortcomings when in fact our vision has been distorted by the plank in our own eyes.

May we never judge others.
But always commit them to the Lord in prayer.
Ask God to help you recognize the “planks” in your own eyes-
– before judging others and see the good He has created in them.

(PR)