Bible Verse

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?read more.
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
– Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?read more.
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
— Matthew 5:44-47

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

We have all been in situations where someone deliberately tries to hurt us.  I faced this situation many times in business.  Sometimes it is a fellow staff member; other times it has been a customer or a competitor.  When I was younger, I would respond with an aggressive attack and feel good about myself if I sensed weakness from the other person.

However, the concept I missed is that after the event was over, my situation had not improved and perhaps had lost some ground.  I was not thinking about the whole picture.  If my objective is to be a better person and help those around me; then what benefit is it to attack someone who attacked me?  The understanding of that situation does not come naturally.   I had to think about it after studying the Bible Lesson. 

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Jim Brandt

As I grew up, I was taught to be strong and attack anyone who attacked me.  It was a sign of weakness to let anyone take advantage of me.  It is especially difficult to control my emotions when all those around me encourage a strong response.  Unfortunately, I lived most of my life, responding directly to attacks.

After attending a Bible Study class for a few months; I committed to following the main points in the lessons.  It took a lot of self-discipline to implement this lesson.  I remember the first time a person verbally assaulted me.   He was a fellow staff member who always disagreed with my approach to sales.  We had a history of verbally attacking each other.  I remember the first time I listened to his assault and realized he did have a couple of good points although I did disagree with his main position.  When I calmly acknowledge he had some good points, the result was amazing.   He had to stop and think for a moment.  He calmed down completely.  Then he complimented me.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

That event took place several years ago.  I still have a good relationship with that person today.  I disagree with him two-thirds of the time, but I listen to him and benefit from the other third.  If I had not committed to implementing the lessons from Bible Study, I would not have had the benefit of a positive friendship with that staff member.

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Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.