Whenever you find yourself in a serious conversation about a subject that just about everyone has an opinion on, this statement finds its way to the forefront; “Who died to make you judge?” Jesus words we read here in Matthew’s gospel, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged” v 1 can take away this feeling.
I love how Jesus goes on to explain, don’t even try to point out another’s fault when you have so many yourself! The absolute amazing point of this teaching is that not one of us, no one, is beyond having some sort of personality conflict or fault. We all do, some more than others, but it is well that we look at ourselves rather than a loved one, a friend, or neighbor, or even that guy down the street who is always finding fault with one thing or another. Hey neighbor, (hey self), “let me take the speck out of your eye”; so that maybe you will be able to see better what you have been doing.
Tell me, was Jesus speaking directly to you, to me? I guess I won’t really know for sure until that old log is removed from my eye being able to see and understand as my Lord has taught me. “Hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” To do this is seeing through the love Jesus has in his eye.
Thank you Lord for showing me that as I live may I not look at the faults of family and friends before I tend to my own shortcomings. In the name and love of Christ my Lord. Amen