Have you ever heard a sermon or speech that was exactly what you believe, and you thought
to yourself, "brother…I wish Miss Smartie Pants or Mr. Know-it-all could have heard THAT."
I’d suggest that you take a look at yourself before being too rough on Miss Know-it-all, or whoever.
Christ reminded that if you break even one of the Ten Commandments, you’re guilty of all.
James, who was really rough on Christians, said, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law (or Commandment),
and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, "Do not commit adultery, said also, do not kill.
Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they
that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy, and mercy
rejoiceth against judgment" (James 2:10-13).
I quoted three verses because
they’re tied so closely together. And we might look at Luke 6:41-42..."And why beholdest thou the mote that is
in thy brother’s eye, but perceives not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother,
’brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own
eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that
is in thy borther’s eye.’ " Luke seems to be repetitious, but, like Jesus, He repeats for emphasis and so
that no one can fail to get the point.
And here’s a good place to repeat
another fact: That when you stand before God on Judgment Day, you’ll be judged on the same standard you require of those
you walk and talk with "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you" (Matthew 7:2). And right after that, Matthew repeats what Luke said about the mote in your own eye.
If you’re perfect, tell Christ about it. He’d like to know.