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Lesson # Matt. 7:3-5
Study Material - Matt. 7:3-5
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
3 'And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 'Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 'You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Teaching others in their wayward ways is fine if the teacher is giving instruction from a position of wisdom, not from a position of hypocrisy or nagging opinion.
It is always easy to see the faults in others and ignore the flaws in our own life. But Jesus herein teaches us to heal ourselves first. That is, judge ourselves, and not only that but live a pattern of life that excludes flaws of sin and human good in our daily living habits.
In other words avoid the pitfalls of self righteousness. Sin can be committed in varying degrees. Obviously a little white lie is less severe than committing murder. Granted sin is sin and there is no degree of spirituality when it comes to fellowship. You are out of fellowship when you commit the little lie, just as much as when you commit the murder. But as far as sin goes, there are varying degrees, certainly, but these degrees can become greater and greater in ones life if the sin nature patterns continue in ones life, unchecked. A child can tell a little lie and seem cute in the process, but when that child grows up, if there have been no boundaries placed on the child, no principles taught, then the child can become public enemy number one, inflicting a lot of pain and suffering on victims.
A self righteous person never sees the flaws in themselves. And self righteousness, springing from arrogance, can be a much greater sin than the sins (the specks) perceived in those around you. And this, of course, leads to that compounded discipline taught in the first two verses.
A person who is guilty of the sins being evaluated, or guilty of even greater sins, should never take it upon themselves to try to correct anyone. They will only set themselves up as a hypocrite, and receive resentment in return.
But on the other hand, if a person corrects the flaws in ones own life, then teaching others regarding their flaws is legitimate. However, the approach will most likely be different. More courtesy and diplomacy should be utilized rather than confrontational accusations. Teaching should be done in principle never from direct antagonism.
Example. 'You're a lousy sinner and you're going to burrrrrn if you don't change.' Now note the emphasis on the word burn - for effect. A self righteous person really wants the other person to suffer, therefore the teaching is not for benefit of others but for the ego or revenge or self satisfaction of the instructor. The instructor is miserable so why not make everyone else miserable. What do you suppose the response will be? Right, 'Up yours!' With an appropriate hand signal probably. Made a lot of progress here!!!
Now teaching in principle, leaves personal feelings and accusations out. It also leaves radical decisions out of the picture. The chief has several wives and you teach that there must be only one wife. If you demand immediate correction, then the losing women are put out in the street and in harms way. Not fair to them.
But if you teach responsibility, if you teach the principle of relationship between God and man, if you teach that marriage is a picture of the right husband - God, and the right wife - believer, united in a bond that is complimentary to both, and that cheating by one party is undesirable and destructive to ones life, then the chief will in time change his ways. He will find homes for those extra wives and fulfill his responsibility to them as they slowly separate back into society. Much better than being dumped out into the street.
Parents have a right to teach their children. Husband and wives have a different relationship, however. The bond of the marriage is more important than determining whether a person is right or wrong. Generally marriage partners will learn not by one teaching the other, but by their mutual Bible study, wherein they both learn through doctrine. If the man becomes engrossed in the 'I'm the boss and you have to do as I say.', kind of attitude, then he is way off base. If the woman has a competitive attitude, that she is equal and has to fight to maintain that concept in her mind, then she has missed the point of life. In a proper marriage, these things should never come into play. The union is more important than who is in charge or who is equal. Husbands and wives who both have spiritual growth in their souls learn that issues in life are not going to make or break their marriage. Therefore, the teaching to one another should be unnecessary unless one party asks the other for clarification of a principle being taught. Now the interaction is a conversation, and not a schooling.
Strangers that are receptive to learning are the easiest to teach. They do not have preconceived ideas about your background. If you, the teacher, have a reputation problem, or a lifestyle that people know about, then they tend to not recognize your authority. The apostle Paul had this problem initially, but in time God established Paul's authority through knowledge in doctrine along with a few helpful and extraordinary gifts. But as far as strangers who know nothing about you, then they are not distracted by your problems of past or personality defects and such, but will tend to focus on the content of what you are teaching and not on you. Strangers should always be taught by means of principle and illustrated example. Jesus does this by means of doctrine and parable.
All in all, your mental state and knowledge of doctrine is the key. If you are a hypocrite, then your teaching will be ineffective. If you are advancing in your spiritual life, then your teaching will be effective to the extent that you know what you are talking about, and that will be obvious to others over time as they listen and compare, everything you teach, to their personal perceptions of Bible doctrine. Your consistency will either hold up or it won't, and God takes care of everything doctrinal allowing people to perceive between consistencies and frauds.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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