Tuesdays with Terry - I Can See Clearly Now

January 9, 2018

In our New Testament reading for Monday, January 8, Jesus is teaching those original listeners, as well as us readers in 2018 about the foolishness of attempting “sin surgery” when our vision is blurred by our own sin.

 

One of the diseases that we suffer from when we attempt to deal with other’s sin and not care about ours is hypocrisy.  Jesus jabs a finger in our chest and works to deflate our self-righteousness with these words, “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?”

 

In verse 4, Jesus all but asks, ‘who appointed you as the chief-of-surgery?’.  He reminds us that we are not ready to help others, when we are in need of help ourselves.  Much like an eye wash or drops when something has entered our eye, confession is the key to “cleaning” our hearts so that we might spiritually see clearly.

 

Once we successfully clear out our own sin, we are then qualified to assist others with theirs.

There is certainly a place for us to privately call out another’s sin, but it is only after we have been introspective, otherwise it is only the blind leading the blind.

 

When we are right with Christ in our own lives, it can certainly be bright Son-shiny day.

 

I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

 

                        -Jimmy Cliff

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