Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 21, 2010

Speck in My Eye


Mt 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

 When I preach a sermon or write devotion, I am preaching or writing to myself.  All my subjects are things God has dealt or is dealing with me.  Usually, the reason we can see someone else’s fault is because we have had or do have that fault ourselves.  Preparing writing or a sermon helps me stand back and look at the issue.  Right now I am preparing one on the fruit of self-control.  I substituted for a teacher this week.  In the cafeteria one day someone next to me got my favorite ice cream in cone.  It was hard to watch her enjoy the ice cream but I knew it was not part of my food plan for the day.  In one of the high school classes later that day a student passed out my favorite chocolate candy.  I said “No thank you.”  I was so proud of myself when I got home.  I was good in self-control.  Later that night as I was cleaning the kitchen I notice a grandchild had left the top off the chocolate chip cookies.  I tried to put it on and realized why it was off.  There were three cookies too many for the top to close.  Now, I could have taken out a sandwich baggie and put the extra cookies in it.  I should have done that.  But, alas, I have in to my favorite cookie and ATE ALL THREE.  Where was my self-control I was so proud of?  Pride really does go before a fall.  I hear you laughing.  It sounds like you’ve been there also.  Self-control is a fruit, which must grow.  It grows by being practiced.  There is a saying, “practice makes perfect.”  I know of no saying how long it takes.  When we mess up, it is time to ask God for forgiveness, forgive ourselves and get back into practicing.  Each time we will see improvement.  Hang in there with me.  Let’s all grow the fruit of self-control in all areas of our lives:  food, money, time management, entertainment, exercise and all other areas of our lives.  We all have access to all of the fruits of the Spirit: (Gal 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

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