Neither Victim nor Villain

Recently read an article about a man from the Middle East who now lived in an affluent part of a large city in America.  He reported that he frequently was mistaken as the “hired help” when he was out shopping.  Often he said it was very irritating and he and his friends from that part of the world would discuss this  whenever they were together.  It finally occurred to him while praying one day that type of behavior was just perpetuating those feelings.  Matthew 7:5 reads “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

As he prayed, he realized God knows neither victim nor villain and it was his own thinking that needed to be addressed.  This certainly stirred up some things in my own thinking that I could address as well.

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Removing the Beam from my Eye

This morning as I glanced on Facebook, I saw, still another political post from a friend. This always annoys me, but I continue to look and judge!  Entertaining that type of judgment keeps me from joy if I do not correct my focus, and I was led to Luke 6:42 where it reads, “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

It then occurred to me that I certainly did not have to read it!

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