“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5
Have you ever gotten something in your eye before? Your eye waters, your vision gets blurred, and the longer that object stays in your eye the more painful it becomes and the harder it is to see.
In today’s text from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees who are holding God’s people to unrealistic religious standards, while feeling holy and important themselves. Why? Because they compared themselves to the noticeable flaws of others.
What if you had to make a critical decision while you had an object poking your eye? Would you be able to focus on that decision? Would you be able to make an informed, reasoned, respectable decision? What if the object wasn’t a small speck but was instead a giant log?
Jesus addresses these issues head-on when He calls this behavior one powerful word, “Hypocrite!” It’s a word that can literally be translated, “Actor.”
Jesus desires that His followers recognize that our primary concern is to examine, or judge our own life before we evaluate, or judge someone else’s life. He wants us to look at ourselves to determine if there is any sin hindering our relationship with God. Is there something in your eye?
Heavenly Father, I’m often blind to sin in my life. While it’s easy to see the sin in my brother’s or sister’s life. Please give me the humility it takes to recognize and repent of my sin. Allow me to give grace to others. Amen.
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