And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, “Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye” when you can’t see past the log in our own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Luke 6:41-42
We often see and criticize mistakes others make that we completely overlook in our own lives. Jesus is specifically telling us here that we need to inspect ourselves on a regular basis. We need to deal with those areas that we struggle with and not rationalize the sin by pointing out the same behaviors in others. That is not to say that we should ignore a Christian brother or sister that is openly sinning. They should be confronted about it. However, their actions or behavior cannot be the cause for us to overlook what is going on in our own lives.
Wow, when asked to write about this particular scripture, I felt like it really hit home! This is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time. I would never “inspect” myself, and I would see others around me doing the same things that I was doing. It was very easy for me to see and point out other’s faults and completely ignore my own. This is something that I still find very difficult. I constantly have to be talking to God (1 Thessalonians 5:17), asking Him to show me where I am falling short....pointing out the logs in my eye. I feel that the stronger we grow in our walk with God, the more the Holy Spirit will point these things out to us. I have seen this at work in my own life. At times when I find myself judging or criticizing someone, the Holy Spirit stops me in my tracks and brings it to my attention, and reminds me to look within myself.
Lord, you have created our brains to be truly magnificent! Our human nature allows our thoughts to stray away from you and your word. Forgive me for times that I have cast judgment, and help me to see my own flaws in the Light instead of covering them up by calling out the faults of others. Holy Spirit, cleanse my thoughts on a minute by minute basis, and help me to stay focused on God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mike Pastor, Connect Students Leader / Murrysville Campus