Removing the Plank

Matthew 7:1-5(NIV)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

If a stranger came to us and pointed out our mistakes or faults, we could easily be offended as we feel that they don’t know us well enough to make that judgment.  “Don’t judge me” or “who are you to judge me” are popular sayings in which we attempt to defend ourselves from judgment.  It is easy for us to look at others and perhaps look down on them because they are messing up.  This is where I begin to judge and this is where I do it a lot when I am driving.

Jesus taught the crowd and his disciples that we should not judge lest we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.  Jesus always used the Pharisees as an example since they were always self-righteous and looked down on all others who could not meet their standards.  They often looked at the sin of others, but not their own sins of their heart.  We can be aware of the sin of others, but we are being told to always look at ourselves first before passing judgment.  How am I doing with my walk with God and am I being a great example for others?  I could be doing the exact same thing without even knowing it.  We need to learn to pray for our own humility.

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