How could he say such a thing!

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”  Luke 12:2-3.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 29-30, and Luke 12.

How easily we are offended by others!

I was at a restaurant this morning and there was a two-some on the other side of the place.  They talked loudly, and it bothered me.  What they were saying was no problem, the issue (for me) was their volume.

In today’s news, President Trump has been accused of using derogatory language about other countries.  The outrage against him is significant for doing it.

How easy for us to see the plank in the other person’s eye!  We are experts at it because we do it so much.

Today’s verses are reminders that we need to remember that everything about us is known to God.

I think of that and realize that there are plenty of “planks” in my own life.  There are things that I know that I shouldn’t have said/done.  I am also positive that there are boatloads of “plankish” things in my life that I have forgotten about or have failed to realize what they appeared to be to others.

My life must be clean before God.  And even if it is, I am not in the position to judge others as a judge would.  This doesn’t mean that I should condone what is wrong, but it means that while seeing others sins, I am clearly aware that I am a persistent wrong-doer too.

The Pharisees came across as self-righteous.  They noticed, loudly, the planks in others.  Good so far.  The problem was that they didn’t see themselves as God sees them.  I must not make that mistake.

“Lord, what do You want me to see and do this day.  Help me to see myself as a sinner among sinners.  In Your sight, we are all needy.  Thank You for covering my sin problem and giving me new life.  Help me to live out that life this day.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Are we more offended by the behavior of others than we are of our own behavior?  I’m betting we are!


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