sermonette: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
David F. Maas
Given 11-Oct-06; Sermon #FT06-08s; 17 minutes
Jesus warns about taking the speck out of our brother's eye before we take the plank out our own eye. Human nature is very predictable, having a blind spot to its own shortcomings. It is almost like reading the warning message etched on car windows: objects in mirror are closer than they appear. The mirror is the great deceiver when we apply it to ourselves, but so clear when it comes to the faults of others. When we see spiritual faults (specks) in others, we are obligated to convert these specks into mirrors, examining our own spiritual progress- looking for parallel things in ourselves that grieve God's Holy Spirit. God often uses the faults of other people, including members of our own family, to show us our faults.