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Speck Inspection

Judging Friendship Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Most of us learn pretty early on that in a conflict, getting those feelings of hurt and disappointment out there is more likely to end a relationship than to fix it.  But if honesty chases a friend or a partner away, isn't that for the best?

This would be a good time to remember that Jesus said that being honest with others about their faults is like focusing on a “speck” while ignoring the "log" in our own eye.  

That's because when we see a fault in someone else, what we can't see is their true motive or what they've been through to cause them to behave that way.  By contrast, we know all of these things about ourselves. 

As a result, we are in a much better position to see and address our own faults.  They are like a log compared to what we can see in someone else. 

APPLICATION

Because we are all sinful by nature, we operate from an egocentric perspective.  The result is that our relationships suffer not so much from poor communication as from the wrong focus in our communication. 

But what would happen if we approached relationship problems with a focus on fixing ourselves, first?  What if we refused to address the specks in the eyes of others until we had thoroughly dealt with our dysfunctional behavior?  Is it possible that others might be more open to what we have to say about their faults if we admitted our own and did something about them? 

"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5). 

The Scarlet Letter

Judging Criticism Sin

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-07-19

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18 ; Matthew 7:1

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

In the book of Isaiah we read, “Though your sins be like scarlet they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.”

The color scarlet is a visual symbol of sin. In the classic novel The Scarlet Letter”  by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is ostracized from her society because of her sin. Hester committed adultery and must spend her life wearing the scarlet letter "A" as a badge of shame.

But the subplot indirectly asks what letter ought the other members of the society be wearing. What is their sin? 

 

APPLICATION

Hester Prynne was forced to wear a scarlet A to announce her sin of adultery. Of course, if we all had to wear letters for our sins, we would need the whole alphabet!  To avoid hypocrisy here, we must acknowledge that sin is sin, and that we are all guilty of our own rebellions.  Sure, sin must be confronted, but in a spirit of humility, accompanied by the offer of restoration, forgiveness, and hope. 

Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01/10/2019

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Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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ILLUSTRATION

A couple purchased a home in upper Maine from two elderly sisters. With winter approaching, the wife was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation.

“If they could live here all those years, so can we!” her husband confidently declared.

One night, the temperature plunged to below zero, and they awoke to find interior walls covered with frost. The husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up.

 “For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve gone to Florida for the winter.”

APPLICATION

When we compare ourselves to others, it's easy to develop a false sense of self-assurance.

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12). 

Making Change

Giving Judging Pride

Contributed By: Allen Povenmire | Date Posted: 2016-06-21

Scripture: Mark 12:43

Author: Allen Povenmire
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Judging By The Wrong Standards

Judging Legalism Priorities

Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2016-02-22

Scripture: Proverbs 4:23 ; Luke 6:45

Author: Geoff Follas
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Casting Stones

Purity Marriage Judging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-10

Scripture: John 8:7

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Clean Your Windows

Judging Self-examination Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-30

Scripture: Matthew 7:5

Author: Unknown
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Lessons From the Josh Duggar Fallout

Redemption Restoration Judging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Ephesians 1:7

Author: Dr. Michael Brown / Illustration Exchange
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Skeletons In Lawn Chairs

Gossip Discernment Judging

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-05-16

Scripture: Proverbs 18:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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Do Your Sins Have Mugshots

Sin Judging Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 7:1

Author: Jason F. Wright
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