This week’s command:
First, take the plank out of your own eye.
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Dear Forever Family:
We are back in the SHAPING study, looking at relationships in the Body of Christ. This is a key issue for Jesus because he knew our relationships would be central to our witness in the world.
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In John 17, Jesus prays that we will be one as he and the Father are one, so that the world will recognize he was sent. As the song goes: “They will know we are Christians by our love”.
Easier sung than done!
Jesus uses very colorful irony in Matthew 7:3-5, forcing us to imagine a bunch of critical disciples walking around with planks colliding as we compare and correct one another.
He simply says take your plank out first. He is a master teacher and he knows us better than we know ourselves. It’s a call to humility. He knows that is the key for us to see clearly!
Looking at Jesus’ command and the wisdom of the Proverbs, we looked at four practical steps for relationship repair:
1. Get rid of all superiority and self-justification.
2. Release your right to the repayment of the debt.
3. Go beyond evil – overcome it with goodness and blessing.
4. Then, and only then, gently confront from a healing heart.
Paul brought all these ideas together in Romans 12:14-21, a visionary call to Christ-centered community living. So much love that we would melt the hearts of those around us. Quite a vision!
I look forward to investing the next several weeks in relationship building and repair as we seek to be a community that truly reflects and glorifies the Risen King we serve.
Love – in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Denis
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