Love Will Do Whatever It Takes
- Date: March 26, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
- From No Greater Love
We're talking about how we relate to one another, how we show love to one another, how our love is fervent and how it's without hypocrisy. He said, first of all, step back and answer this question: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye" (Matthew 7:3)? Stop with those words for a moment: "you consider not." How many of us quickly and so casually look at our lives? Oh, we examine everybody else, but we assume we're okay. We don't consider that this is another day, and the old man is alive again. "Why is it that you cannot consider the beam that is in your own eye?" That's quite an interesting comment. "Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, [a two by four, a weaver's beam,] a beam is in thine own eye?" (Matthew 7:4). The moment you begin to speak into any brother's life with any spirit less than realizing you're the man with the beam, you do not love them. Your heart's not right.
You can never minister to someone without the spirit of a servant, because the greatest among us is the servant of all. The chief of sinners among us is "me." The unprofitable servant, having done all, does not deserve any recognition, any preeminence, or any pat on the head. I've just done that that's my duty to do because of the love wherewith I've been loved. While I was a sinner He loved me, and gave Himself for me. "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5). We're to love one another. We're to get involved in everybody's specks. Love does not allow people to just get better. Love demands perfection. I'm not talking about sinless perfection on a daily basis. I'm talking about perfection in the recognition of who we are without Jesus. It's that perfection that is able to grasp this principle: without Him I can do nothing! The perfection comes when we stand under the trials. The trying of our faith works patience, and having done all, we stand. We endure. We receive the chastisement, and we receive the purification, and having done all, we stand. Standing, becoming patient, you let it absolutely manifest the purpose of God in you, and it makes you perfect and entire, wanting nothing. What is perfection? It's being teachable. What is perfection? It's not being deceived in thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to think. What is perfection? It's acknowledging your weakness so that God's strength can be perfected in it.
That's why we've been placed into this body and why we fellowship and commune with one another. That's what our ministries are. If we're going to love our brothers properly, we have to take care of our own problems first, don't we? We can then see clearly to help a brother. Let's say it another way. If I'm going to be able to love you properly, then I have to learn who I really am and begin to humble myself. That means for anything that anyone wants to help me in I receive it graciously and gladly. Then I ask, "Is there anything else, man? Can you see anything else? I sure don't want to be doing anything that's offending God. Doesn't that make sense? What is the number one priority that we have? It's to make sure that everybody's loving God with all of their hearts, even if it makes those whom we love not really happy at the time we're doing it. The motive behind it is because we love them, we love the community, and we want God's presence here. Whatever it takes, we do it.