Wednesday, Jan 13 2021
Sawing away at the log in our eye
Author: Wong King Wai

Matt 7: 3-5 – 3 Why do you see 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,’ when there is the log 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.

Have you ever tried touching the tip of your right-hand’s index finger with the tip of your left-hand’s index finger with one eye closed? Try it. Step 1: Close one eye and look off into the distance. Step 2: Raise both arms, outstretched in front of you (like those Chinese zombies). Step 3: Point each hand’s index finger at each other like a gun but still looking into the distance with your one open eye. Step 4: With your arms still outstretched, bring hands together and try to touch the tips of your index fingers.

Missed, right? If you try again, with a bit of practice, you will probably be able to touch the tips of your index fingers.

During your first attempt, where you missed, you will realise having both eyes in good working condition is important because if one eye is damaged, simple tasks like pouring hot water into a cup or cutting a tomato can be dangerous.

The standard teaching from reading Matt 7: 3-5 is about Jesus instructing us to stop being hypocrites. Simply put: Check yourself first before you pass judgement or condemnation on others. And the solution is simple: Remove the “log” from your eye. But we both know that that is easier said than done.

A log is no small thing. A log is not a branch or a sapling. It is a fully grown and mature tree that is felled. The “log” symbolises an internal blockage of sight that we may have issues, that is clouding our judgement, that we are not aware of. This could lead us to discredit our Lord and turn people away from Christianity.

Thankfully, we have a God who is also our Good Shepherd, who guides us and helps us cut off pieces of that log off as we daily commune with Him and spend time learning from others who walk closely with God. The more aware that we may be blinded to our own prejudice, sinful behaviour and other struggles, and make a focussed attempt to rid ourselves of them, the more humble we may become to understand the plight of others.

Let us always bring our thoughts and biases before God and ask him to help us clear up our sight daily. And as God helps cut off pieces of the log in our eye, we will be able to see clearly more and more each day. Also, consider seeking help from mature brothers and sisters in Christ who have the skills and abilities to help you see clearly, especially if you have deep stress, trauma or depression. Remember that you are never alone.

PRAYER: My Father, please forgive me for my transgressions and for my blindness. Help me to seek help, guide me to whom I should speak to, and help me articulate what the log in my eye is. I need Your help Lord, for I have no other course of action and only You have the truth that will set me free. Help me to be humble and aware of what the log in my eye is so that I can have it cut down more and more each day and be able to see clearly. And also help me to stop being judgemental and condemning of others but instead be filled with Your great love and grace for others as we journey together in our walk with You. I pray this in Jesus’s name. AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年1月13日
标题:去掉我们眼中的梁木
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【马太福音7:3-5 】
3 为甚么看见你弟兄眼中有刺、却不想自己眼中有梁木呢。
4 你自己眼中有梁木、怎能对你弟兄说、容我去掉你眼中的刺呢。
5 你这假冒为善的人、先去掉自己眼中的梁木、然后才能看得清楚、去掉你弟兄眼中的刺。

您有没有试过闭着一只眼睛用左手食指尖触碰右手食指尖?试试看。步骤一:闭上一只眼睛,向远处望去。步骤二:举起双臂,向前伸展(像那些中国僵尸一样)。步骤三:两只手的食指像枪一样互相对指着,但您的一只眼睛仍然睁着看着远处。步骤四:双臂仍然伸展,两手从两端靠拢,试着让两个食指尖相触。

做不到,对吧?如果您再尝试,稍微练习一下,您可能就能让您的两个食指尖相触了。

在您第一次的尝试中,当您做不到时,您会意识到让两只眼睛都处于良好的运作状态很重要,因为如果一只眼睛受损,简单的任务如往杯子里倒热水或切西红柿都可以是危险的。

马太福音7:3-5一致的教导是关于耶稣训喻我们不要再做伪君子。简单地说:在对别人作出判断或谴责之前,先审视自己。解决办法很简单:把您眼中的 “梁木” 去掉。但我们都知道,这可是说时容易做时难。

梁木可不是一个小物件。梁木不是树枝或者树苗;它是一棵已经被砍下的完全长成的树干。 “梁木” 表征着一种内在的视线障碍,这障碍会招致一些问题,影响我们的判断,是我们并不察觉的。这可导致我们羞辱主,并使人远离基督教。

感恩的是,我们有一位上帝,祂也是我们的好牧人。当我们每天与祂交通,并花时间向与祂亲密同行的人学习时,祂引导并帮助我们把那根梁木一块块地削掉。我们越是意识到我们可能被自己的偏见、罪恶行为和其他挣扎蒙蔽了,且集中精力试图摆脱它们,我们就越能谦卑地谅解他人的困境。

让我们常把我们的想法和偏见带到上帝跟前,并祈求祂帮助我们每天清理自己的视线。当上帝帮助我们把眼里的梁木一块快地去掉时,我们就能一天比一天看得更清楚。此外,考虑向基督里成熟的弟兄姊妹寻求帮助,他们拥有帮助您看得清楚的技能和能力,尤其当您承受着很大的压力、创伤或抑郁的时候。记住,您永远不会孤单。

*祷告 *:我的父啊,求祢赦免我的过犯和盲目。助我寻求帮助,指引我应该与谁倾谈,帮助我能清楚道出我眼中的梁木是什么。主啊,我需要祢的帮助,因为我别无他法,只有祢的真理才能释放我让我自由。求帮助我谦卑,觉察到我眼中的梁木是什么,以让我能每天把它除掉更多,使我能看得更清楚。也求帮助我停止对别人的论断和谴责,而在我们与祢同行的过程中,充满祢对人的大爱和恩典。我奉耶稣的名祈祷。阿们。

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