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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Lk 6:42). How quickly do you point out flaws in other people? When we judge (point out flaws in) others, we do something that not even Jesus Christ Himself was willing to do while He was alive (John 3:17)! In today’s text, Jesus encourages us to be like Him by loving others: no matter what the cost. God calls us to make a distinction between people and their actions. He calls us to maintain the ability to love a person, even if we loathe his actions. The Bible calls us to forgive others, no matter what the cost. The Bible also calls us to forgive ourselves, because even the God of the universe has already extended us the promise that He forgives us!
Father, help me to love people no matter what the cost: even if I don’t like their actions. You love me no matter what I do; I need to extend the same compassion to other people, but I need Your help to do it! Strengthen me, Lord!