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"'Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the
plank in your own eye?'"
(MATTHEW 7:3)

Matthew 7:1-5

When I was younger, I never dreamed it would be so hard to be married. My husband and I would argue often about his cigarette smoking. One day in the middle of an argument, my daughter screamed at me, “Why don’t you just accept the fact that you love someone who smokes?” My little girl had put her finger on what was actually my problem, not his: acceptance.

The “Serenity Prayer” came to mind: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (his smoking), the courage to change the things I can (my attitude) and the wisdom to know the difference. I had to examine myself and my own bad habits. Have you ever found yourself in a similar spot?

Jesus spoke plainly to us about judging others and ignoring the sin in our own lives. And Peter said, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'”
(1 Peter 5:5). I needed to see there was a plank in my own eye. My little girl’s perspective changed my heart and restored me to humility. Let the Word of God do the same for you.




Scripture Focus

Matthew 7:1-5

Insight

Become like a child in your dependence on God, for of such is the kingdom of heaven (SEE MATTHEW 18:3).

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