(26) Jesus said,

“You see the mote in your brother’s eye,

but you do not see the beam in your own eye.

When you cast the beam out of your own eye,

then you will see clearly

to cast the mote from your brother’s eye.”

 

Matthew 7:3-5 

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, with never a thought for the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own? You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s.”

 Luke 6:41-42

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

Man In The Mirror

by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett

“I’m gonna make a change, …

gonna make a difference,

gonna make it right. …

I’m starting with the man in the mirror,

I’m asking him to change his ways.

And no message could have been any clearer:

If you wanna make the world a better place,

Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”

 

You need to clean out your own house

before attempting to clean up your neighbor’s yard!

 

 

I think Michael Jackson may have been looking

to plastic surgery to make a “skin deep” change,

but the lyrics of the song, Man In The Mirror,

express the same sentiment as Saying (26);

you need to start with yourself.

 

This is similar to Saying (98), where in order to kill the powerful man, the would-be killer had to start

“in his own house”.

 

In Saying (69), it is those “who have been persecuted within themselves” who have “truly come to know the Father”.

 

And in Saying (70), our salvation comes from within.

 “That which you have will save you

if you bring it forth from yourselves.

That which you do not have within you will kill you

if you do not have it within you.”

 

Thomas A. Kempis (1380-1471)

Imitation of Christ

“First keep the peace within yourself,

then you can also bring peace to others.”

 

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