Main Scriptures: Luke 6:39-42
More Scriptures: Ps.51:10, Ps.24:4, Job.10:6
The main text our devotional today is quite long and revealing. And it is directed to husbands who complain about the negative things or attitude that their wives display without necessarily examining their own lives. These sets of husbands are the first to judge their flocks without first considering their own character flaws. In verse 39 of Lk.6, the Scriptures say, And he spake a parable unto them, can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eyes, but perceive not the beam that is in thine own eyes? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, CAST OUT FIRST THE BEAM OUT OF THINE OWN EYE, AND THEM SHALT THOU SEE CLEARLY TO PULL OUT THE MOTE THAT IS IN THY BROTHER’S EYE.
From the above verses of Scripture, it is obvious that before you can condemn your wife or children and stand as the judge of the manor, you must be sure that you are not doing exactly what you are accusing them of doing. As the head of the family, you have complained that your wife and children do not give you the respect you deserve. The question you should ask yourself is, have you shown respect to them and others? You have expressed displeasure that your wife and children use indecent and foul languages against you and other people. Before you harass them, ask yourself this question. How graceful are the words that proceed from your mouth towards them and other people? If you look well at your life as the spiritual leader of the home, you will just discover that the things you have complained about concerning your wife and children are the very things you do. It is time for you to remove the beam in your own eye so that you can be justified to remove the ones in the eyes of your wife and children.
As the good and godly shepherd, you must understand that God has ordained you to be a light bearer to your wife and children and by extension the world around you. You must do everything to guard the light. Jesus commands that you check your life and see if you have cleansed yourself from the act you accuse your sheep.Always remember that your wife and children respond and react to what is thrown at them, hence the need for you to continue to examine your ways. It is by taking the beam off your eyes first that you will be able to lead your wife and children gloriously.
- Father, by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver me from the spirit of self-righteousness.
- Father, by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ, deliver from the spirit of error and falsehood.
- Father, by Your Spirit, empower me with the Spirit of Christ so that I may live out Christ’s righteousness.
I give myself to continual self-examination because that is the pathway to becoming the good and godly husband to my wife and children in Jesus name. Amen.