Commands of Christ: 25

Deal with your own sin before judging another. Lk 6:42

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?  You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42

This can be a challenge for me.  I have a habit, at least in my mind, of comparing my strong points with the weak points of others.  I want to value and prioritize my strengths and ignore my weaknesses, while doing exactly the converse with others.  It might prove to be motivating to bear in mind that the Lord will judge us in the same way we judge others.  I need to show grace to others both for their sake and for my own.