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Being right is missing the point

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While some have been reading this devotion with a red pen in their hand, others have read it and seen nothing wrong. Is that an education topic? I think not (or is it knot?). You see, we are often quick to realize the mistakes of others while we neglect to remember how we too have been forgiven much (Check out a B-E-A-UTiful story found in Luke 7:36-50). Jesus challenges us to “remove the plank from your own eye before worrying about the speck in your brother’s eye.” What’s the point, preacher? The point is while we are called to help those around us and while we should lead and guide all to live better lives, we need to be more worried about ourselves than those around us. In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus was invited to the house of a church leader named Simon. We are talking fancy dinner and good times most likely. Then a “sinful woman” — a prostitute, a street walker, a pavement princess, comes into the house and begins crying at the sight of Jesus. She cries over his feet and dries her tears with her hair and then she pours perfume over them. Simon (the church man) sees this and is appalled at how Jesus would allow this. Doesn’t Jesus know what type of person she is?

Church, we too get hung up on the sins of others and the mistakes others make without remembering how much God has forgiven us. We get hung up on being right while being right isn’t the point. Jesus reminds us that those who have been forgiven much, love much. An old hymn tells us to “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” Try counting your sins. Wow. You see — you have been forgiven much. Don’t worry with others mistakes. Simply live as God asks and love much.

Rev. Cameron Bailey is pastor at Kenbridge Christian Church. He can be reached at www.kenbridgechristian.com.