Luke 6:41-42b NIV 2011
“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, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?”
Luke quoted Jesus’ words shared regarding judging others. Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Jesus used hyperbolic descriptors to emphasize the use of caution when judging anyone. Self-examination was the direction Jesus was leading them to take. Paul shared similar directions to the church in Galatia. Galatians 6:4, “Each one should test their own actions.” Jesus calls believer to look within them selves before judging others.
How often am I able to see the sin in someone’s life before I examine my own life? I need to admit that at times, I move forward before I even look at what’s going on in my life. Jesus’ words here have always been a check on that response. He calls me daily to live a righteous life. That involves self-examination before I examine sin in the lives of those I love. I can’t judge anyone because that judgment God can use against me. I need to look at my sin before looking at others.
How does personal sin color our judgment?
Reflective and forgiven,