Monday, October 4, 2021

Gnat, speck, or log?

 Why is it a problem for you if others strain at your gnats? Would you have gnats buzzing around your head? Would you not rather be free from such carnal annoyances? Can you not give thanks to God for such laborers? You don't have to pay them anything! If others are willing to strain at them for you (free of charge) and make you better then why not accept it with joy and have peace with yourself? 

"But there are no gnats", you say! Well, if that is true, then what harm can you suffer by them straining at the air? 

What is important, is that your speck is removed and that you help others see their logs by not getting offended when they take notice of your speck. In fact, if you take offense at their labors, then the gnat they are straining at has lighted upon a log! For it is hypocrisy to be uncharitable towards another's lack of charity towards you. 

"Pursue peace, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord".

"Pursue peace with all men, as much as it lies within you".

Some see a log; while others looking at the same thing see a speck. Still others see nothing. These opinions are irrelevant. What does God see? If you walk in the Spirit, that is what God sees. 

When emotions are heated and stirred by injustice, trials, etc, are you able to admit your faults, agree with sound correction, and admit room for improvement? 

A speck is still a speck. A justified speck, however, becomes a log and many have established a speck removal industry when they should have built a sawmill!

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