First Take the Log Out of Your Own Eye

This meditation is based on a passage for March 3, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Matthew 7:1-12

Reflection and Question: “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged,” teaches Jesus, both here and in Luke 6:37-42. I confess that I judge others often in my reflections on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in the Church, despite this clear, consistent teaching of Christ. I am sensitive to the way many judge LGBT Christians. At the same time, I need to be careful when I am angry – lest I judge others for what I perceive as their judgments. When the line between good and evil runs through every heart, it seems to me that we each have enough work to do removing the log in our own eye. For what log in your eye do you confidently ask God for forgiveness?

Prayer: Spirit of God, we rest in Jesus’ promise that the door will be opened if we just knock upon it with our prayers. We pray that You will help us take the log from our own eye so that we may be at peace in our souls and with our neighbors. Please. Amen.

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