Midweek Push

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

POINTING THE FINGER

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 7:3-5, NKJV)

Do you remember talking to your classmate during the teacher’s lesson in grade school? Just as the teacher turns and gets ready to discipline you both, your friend points her finger at you; and what do you respond, “she started talking to me first.” I’m sure you remember that day or a similar story, where even though you were in the wrong too, you decided to blame the other person to lessen the trouble that you’d get into or to prevent the pain that you would feel for telling the truth.

Blame stems from a fear of accepting the truth about who you are, what you’ve done, or where you come from. We blame our parents for how we were raised, we blame our bosses for us not getting that job promotion, and we blame ourselves for the issues someone else may be suffering from. Though blame is released outwardly, it’s an inward condition. It’s a battle that ultimately leaves someone a casualty.

Brené Brown says blame is a way to discharge pain and discomfort. Many times it is not another’s fault for the words we say, it is a personal problem that grows from us not taking personal responsibility for how we feel or what we've done. It may even be the reason we try to cover up or downplay our efforts when a project doesn’t go well.

The next time you get ready to point the finger at someone else, take notice that you may be voicing a hurt in order to cover up a sin that dwells deep inside of you. This behavior is not of God and must be transformed. Psalm 32:5 says, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” Transformation begins with acknowledgment and confession. Find the bitter root to your blame and remove it from your life.

Our challenge for you today is don’t point the finger at all: at anyone. Let Christ be your example of honesty and truth; allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you the right words to speak at just the right time; and rest in the power of God that encourages you to do more blessing than blaming!


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  1. Thank for this challenge today. It is so easy to get caught up in pointing the finger. But if I am pointing the finger how can I love that person. That is what I am commmanded to do...love!

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    1. Amen Tracy...we had to take a dose of our own medicine before sending this out. Blame and pointing the finger is so easy to do. Yes, we are commanded to LOVE!

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  2. This was so true! I really like this one you ladies are awesome!

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    1. Amen Nedra!!! Thank you for joining the discussion...we really appreciate your support and love girl!

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