When you have something in your eye, the only thing that you can focus on is getting it out. This is exactly why you wouldn't want someone with sawdust inter eyes performing surgery on your eyes! When it comes to judging others with condemnation, the only option seems to lead us to hypocrisy. This is exactly why Jesus called His disciples to a whole new kind of attitude when it comes to making judgements.
Jesus said, "You are the light of the World." Light is critical for the world to function. If the world were to operate in complete darkness it would cease to function at all in any way that would resemble normal life. It's the people of God that provide the light by which our world moves forward. How will you let your light shine today?
Though modern science has led us to a great many discoveries about the nature of nature, it has not and cannot reach beyond the boundaries of nature and prove or disprove that which is super-natural. The fact is that the choice of concluding there is or isn't a God is one based solely on faith. Reason alone cannot lead to the denial of the miraculous.
Miracles are an integral part of the scriptures. The pages of the Bible of full of accounts where God acted within creation in supernatural ways - ways that nature itself could not act. To separate miracle from the Bible is to rid it of all divine nature altogether. A denial of miracle is denial of God.
Miracles by definition should be something that make us hyper-aware that things are not operating on a normal, natural level. When Jesus did a miracle, those who witnessed it were radically changed, even when the miracle was as seeming mundane as catching fish.
Do you believe in miracles? Many of us seem to gravitate to the extremes when it comes to miracles - either we see everything as a miracle or believe that miracles do not happen. One of the more profound characteristics of the Bible is that it is full of accounts of miracles...so if miracles aren't real, the Bible cannot be real. Here's a topic that is worth thinking about!
Everyone has some measure of self-control, and everyone struggles at some level with self-control. Believe it or not, if you've ever made a New Years resolution and then didn't keep it...self-control. This Fruit of the Spirit, however, helps us to develop a type of self-control that is other-oriented, and leads to a greater level of self-differentiation.
Power that is out of control is deadly. Power that is harnessed and in control can serve to the benefit of many people and can accomplish great things. The essence of gentleness (meekness) is not the denial of your strength but rather the harnessing of it for great good.