Devotions for a Sacred Marriage 2012

Keeping the Focus Where It Belongs

Luke 6:41-42  The Message (MSG)

41-42“It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

Luke 6:41-42 (New International Version 1984)

41 “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? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Words like why don’t they or you would think they _____  .  Are they common in our daily thoughts?

Read the scripture again and again.  It is a amazing that I can see to type this due to the Planks in my own eyes.  Do you tell God how your spouse falls short of your expectations or do you ask God how do I fall short of his expectations? 

What is God doing in your life?



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2 thoughts on “Keeping the Focus Where It Belongs

  1. I love this reminder of keeping things focused on God, even in our marriage. I feel blessed to have a great husband, but at the end of the day my hope, security, purpose and encouragement comes from the Lord. Getting our thoughts off of what our spouse is or isn’t doing and focusing on how I can better live my life in alignment with God’s purposes for me is refreshing. This makes for a very happy and enjoyable marriage!! His ways are above our ways…

    • I know that as soon as I start to focus on Steve’s or others faults the Lord is VERY quick to point to mine. Even when I was disciplining you children this would happen. We need a lot of grace to get through this life. I want to show my appreciation for all the Lord has forgiven me of by being forgiving. Work in progress . . .

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