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April 17, 2018, 9:38 AM

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April 17, 2018

Matthew 7:5 (KJV)
5  Thou hypocrite, 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.

Talking about not holding back! The hypocrisy here is when we look past our own sin and dwell on the sins of others. I read on social media that America needs Jesus. This being absolutely true, so does the church. We look past our bitterness, our self-righteousness, our slander, our pride, our thievery (Malachi 3:8)(not just financial but also our time and influence), our rebellion, our bad attitudes and dwell on the sins of the world; adultery, homosexuality, transgender, drug abuse, alcoholism, disobedient children and wickedness in high places. Should we stand against these? Yes. Should we call them sin? Yes. If we don’t stand for righteousness, who will? God has set the moral standard, we should not apologize for it, we should not condone it; we should proclaim it.

God does not rebuke His children without correction and instruction. (II Tim 3:16) He does not convict us of sin without showing us His love and forgiveness. “…first cast the beam out of thine own eye.” One of the greatest invitation verses in the Bible is Rev 3:20. The picture of Jesus knocking on the door is a wonderful invitation to relationship. This verse is written to the church! He is on the outside knocking to be let in. If we are to change our world, we must be conscience of our own relationship with God. Then see clearly how to stand for righteousness and demonstrate the love and mercy of God.

I read that where the fires in California completely ravaged the land and mudslides brought even more destruction, that the wildflowers are more plentiful than most can remember. That’s our God! He can take a ravaged and broken soul and make it beautiful; restoring life out of death and despair. God is good. All the time! We are blessed.

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