The MOTE and the BEAM

(6th in a series)

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye? 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." (Matthew 7:1-5)

That "Friend" of ours has got some thing in his eye. Though it is only something tiny, what Jesus called a "mote", how painful it must be and how helpless he is until it is removed. It is surely our part as a "Friend" to do all we can to remove it, and how grateful he is to us when we have succeeded in doing so. (And should we not be more gracious unto him, if he did the same service for us? :)

This well-known passage in Matthew chapter 7 about the MOTE and the BEAM is not the forbidding of our trying to remove the fault in the other person. It is an injunction that regardless of personal cost, we should do this service for one another, out of love and concern. Sure, the main emphasis seems to be a condemnation of censoriousness, but when the censoriousness in us is removed, the passage ends by saying, "Then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

We are meant to care so much for the other man, that we are willing to do all we can to remove from his eye the MOTE which is marring his vision and hindering his blessing. We are told to "admonish one another" (Romans 15:14p) and to "exhort one another" (Hebrews 3:13p) and to "wash one another's feet" (John 13:14p) and to "consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:" (Hebrews 10:24p) The love of the Lord Jesus Christ poured out in us will make us want to help our brethren in Christ in this way.

Surely a blessing will come to others through our willingness to humbly challenge one another as we are led by the Spirit of God.

A simple Swiss believer called Nicholas of Basle, crossed the mountains to Strassburg and entered the Church of a Dr. Tauler, who was the POPULAR preacher of that city. Nicholas said: "Dr. Tauler, before you can do your greatest work for God, the world and this city, You must die -- die to yourself, your gifts, your popularity, and even your own goodness, and when you have learned the full meaning of the Cross, you will have a new power with God and man."

That humble challenge from a man few have heard of, changed his life, and he became one of the great factors to prepare the way for the Reformation that liberated so many many souls from the bondage and deceit of ungodly catholicism. The Lord Jesus has given us a clear way to do his will in helping others see the light.

What is the BEAM?

A beam is a great length of timber, and is an ENORMOUS hindrance when compare to the oh so tiny speck of sawdust which is the mote. When you can't see straight yourself, how do you hope to help another person to see? (Be glad, not mad! :)

What is the MOTE?

Well now, maybe it's just some little fault which we fancy that we can discern in our friend. It may be an act he has done against us, or some attitude he adopts towards us. Think about what the BEAM might be in your own eye. Your wrong reaction to the "wrong" perceived in another. The mote in him has provoked in us resentment, or coldness, or unloving criticism, or even bitterness, evil speaking, which is hatred, not love. That is a far worse fault than the tiny wrong (maybe unconscious) that provoked you to such angerrrrr!

Every time we point one of our fingers at another and say, "It's your fault," three of our fingers are pointing back at us! God have mercy on us for the many times when that has been the case with us and when we in hypocrisy have tried to deal with someone's fault, when God saw there was this thing far worse in our own hearts. (Amen.)

The beam isn't always some VIOLENT reaction on our part though. The first beginning of a resentment is a beam, as is also the first flicker of an unkind thought, or the first suggestion of unloving criticism. Where that is so, it only distorts our vision and we shall never see our brother as he really is, someone the Lord loved enough to die for! Let us not speak to our friend with anything but love!

Take it to Calvary.

FIRST cast out the beam out of thine own eye! That's what is needed. We must first recognize our unloving reaction to him as sin. On our knees we must go with it to Calvary and see Jesus there and get a glimpse of what that sin cost him! At his feet we must repent of it sincerely and trust the Lord Jesus to cleanse it away in his precious blood and fill us with his love for that person; and he will, and does (Amen!), for all who will claim his promise: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

Then, if the other person was aware of our wrong attitude toward him, we will need to stand in the light and say, "Forgive me, my FRIEND!"

Very often bystanders ("Lurkers!" :) will tell us, and sometimes our own hearts, that the sin we are owning up to is not nearly so bad as the other's fault, which he is not yet confessing. But we have been to Calvary, indeed, we are learning to live under the covering for our sin, and we have seen our sin there and we can no longer compare our sin with another person's sin. For there is no one's sin greater than our own for which Jesus died!

As we take these very simple steps of renewed repentance in our own heart, then we see clearly to cast out the mote out of the other's eye, for the beam in our own eye is gone. In that moment, the Lord will pour light in on us, as to the other's real need, and we will see the need that neither he nor us had seen before.

Ah yes, and we may even see that the mote that we were so conscious of before, is non-existent!

On the other hand, we may have revealed to us some hidden underlying things, of which he himself was not aware, and then as love leads us, we must lovingly and humbly challenge him, so that he may see them too, and bring them to the fountain for sin and find deliverance. He will be more likely than ever to let us do it, (especially if he too is willing to be humble,) and he will be truly grateful to us, for he will know now that there is no selfish motive in our heart, but only love and real concern for him.

When challenging another, do not let fear hold us back; but let us not argue or press our point: Just a simple challenge should suffice.. Let us only say what needs to be said, and let God work in the other person's heart and conscience and make these things manifest, and remember -- sometimes it takes time to be willing to bend a very proud, stiff-necked "I" BEAM.

OH OH! (Yes! :) When our turn comes to be challenged, then let us not defend ourselves and explain ourselves. Let us take it in silence, (but thanking the other;) and then go to the Lord about it and ask him. If the person did give us a godly challenge, then let us be gracious enough to return to him and praise God together for the Lord Jesus' wonderful grace and truth and oh so tender mercy.

Search your heart and seek the Lord in prayer, no matter whether a challenge is given in love or not: Always be open to God and willing to receive the love of the truth. Remember that Jesus is the Lord, and try the spirits, whether they are of God. Be not deceived by an unloving challenge. Seek the Lord in prayer, no matter whether a challenge is given in love or not. Always be open to God to reveal his truth to you through the Holy Bible.

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." (Ephesians 5:8-13)

God is faithful! The word of faith says, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved; For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Call upon him now, while he is near. :)

PEACE be to us all, and love with faith, from the Lord above all, the true Saviour. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ, in charity and in truth, for Jesus' sake. Amen.  --Richard 

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