How to Remove the Beam Out of Our Eyes—Gospel Reflection on Matthew 7:3

Matthew 7:3 "And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?"

Matthew 7:3

“And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?”

Reflection

When we have friction with others, we should not fix our eyes on others, finding fault with them whenever possible, but should find the problem in ourselves. When we have some understanding of ourselves, our prejudices toward others will naturally disappear.

I remember that there was a period of time when a sister who ministered with me always pointed out that I carried no burden for the church. However, I didn’t reflect on myself but instead looked for fault in her, and developed prejudices toward her and did not want to minister with her. Afterward, I reflected on myself and realized the reason that I didn’t accept her suggestions was, on the one hand, my satanic nature of arrogance, and on the other hand, she always gave me suggestions, this made me have no face and I felt uncomfortable, so I developed prejudices against her. Later I understood: The people, events, and things that we encounter on a daily basis are God’s arrangements for changing us. It’s not the sister who is hard on me. I should learn to put aside myself and accept the sister’s correct suggestions, which is not only beneficial for the work of the church, but also matches Jesus’ requirements. When I did things in this way, our relationship became much closer.

 

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