We want to fix people, don’t we? We see the flaw, the imperfections and offer our help or opinion when it’s often unwarranted, therefore, not really received.
Our words and opinions will rarely fix others. Gosh we can hardly fix ourselves, right? It takes something bigger, mightier and more powerful to fix our issues, sin and brokenness.
Sometimes we see brokenness in others before we see our own. Or maybe we ignore our own brokenness while focusing on other’s issues. The verse about the log and speck comes to mind here.
We think we know what’s best by offering “help” or thinking we can fix others by giving our advice or opinion, but I’ve found there is little grace or love in this. Of course we would live everyone else’s lives differently; we are different from them!
So how we can properly fix others, offer advice or “help”?
•We focus on our own hearts and motives first.
•We see and confess our need for a Savior.
•We seek forgiveness for the many logs in our own eyes and then we can pray for the specks in our neighbors eyes.
•We pray for wisdom on how, when and if to speak. If so, we can offer love, support and encouraging words with grace and truth to others.
•We look to God as the ultimate fixer. Nothing is too broken or too far gone for Him to redeem in ourselves or others!
What situation or relationship do we need to apply these words?
In what relationship can we give grace because of the grace we have been given for our shortcomings?
Daily bring our logs before Him so he can work in us. Pray for the specs in others so He can move in them. It’s the Holy Spirit that changes lives, not us. ♥️
*Five Minute Friday is a blog link up of Christian writers who are given one word each Friday, writing 5 minutes on the specific word. It is so neat to see how many different perspectives one word can have! Plus, it is such an encouraging group of writers. Iron sharpens iron! For more, click the following link. https://fiveminutefriday.com/