I started this blog because I love to write. When Cecily, my daughter learned to play the guitar, we started writing songs together. This was a great outlet for me. I loved it and I found it to be a great outlet. While I don’t get to do much of it now, I still enjoy writing songs or poems.
Recently my husband reminded me of a poem I wrote several years back when I was dealing with a very difficult situation in my life. During this time, I was hurt and betrayed by people I thought were my friends. Feeling judged and being the brunt of rumors, I found myself doing an in-depth study on gossip, judging, and worry. While I experienced the hurt of gossip, I found myself thinking I don’t want my hurt to cause me to stumble. Through my hurt and studying, I was prompted to write this poem. It’s taken from Jesus’ sermon on the Mount, specifically the Matthew 7:1-5. This poem provides me with a reminder to not be hypocritical in my thoughts and actions toward others.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
A lesson for Pharisees
I had a dream last night that God and I were on a walk.
He listened intently as He let me talk.
I told Him about how Pharisaical people were tearing the church apart,
They do all the right things, but have the wrong heart.
They pray and they give and do many good works,
while pointing fingers and wearing their smirks.
I told God about the one’s who see specks in others’ eyes but their own big beams go unrealized.
I asked God, “why do you allow them to be so high and mighty in their thoughts when they are the ones with so many faults.
He lovingly smiled when I asked about the wrong in their lives.
I smiled back at Him and I said “thanks for making me so wise.”
We walked in silence for a moment more,
Then it was me by myself walking the floor.
I thought about my talk with God and knew just what to do.
I think God wants me to teach a lesson or two.
I walked and I thought about the lesson ahead and
Exactly what words that should be said.
They very things I told God would be my words
A lesson for Pharisees needs to be heard.
As I kept walking I saw a beam coming my way.
Oh, here comes a Pharisee, I’ve got something to say.
He can learn a lot from my talk with the Lord.
I tried to see who it is, but all I see was a board
As I moved closer to the beam, I noticed a wall
I realized it had a mirror and that’s when I saw
The face of the eye with the beam was me
That’s when I knew I am that very Pharisee.
This poem refers to a passage that discusses judging. Judging is a controversial topic because these verses from Matthew about judging are many times used incorrectly. As a Christian, I am expected to discern good from evil, rebuke sin, and help lead an erring Christian to repentance. In order to distinguish between someone who knows Christ or doesn’t, we observe their actions and behaviors and determine if they live a life according to Jesus’ teachings. Basically, we known them by their fruits. In order to known them by their fruits, we must evaluate or measure them. Or in other words, judge them.
“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:18-20
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” John 5:30
Scripture teaches there is a right way and a wrong way to judge. As a Christian, we must examine ourselves first before we attempt to help others see the erring of their ways. I hope that you enjoyed the poem and maybe it can be reminder for you as well.
Thanks for reading and lots of love and blessings to you and yours.
Until next time. . .