Passage: Matthew 7:1-5 [NKJV]
Mat 7:1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Mat 7:2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Mat 7:3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? Mat 7:4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Mat 7:5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. [NLT]
Jesus is once again telling us something that has been truth for a long time. The principle is that you should always provide the same justice that you would want to be given to you. We should never treat someone in a way that we would not want to be treated ourselves. This principle is also brought forth in other places within the new testament as well, but Jesus gives a vivid example of how wrong it is by using the example of the speck in comparison to the log. A simple truth that cuts to the heart of selfishness.
It is always good to try and live by this principle…often, when I find myself sinking into a selfish state; maybe I start grumbling about how my wife doesn’t do enough around the house or there isn’t enough help at work or at church…I remember these passages and it helps to bring me back to where I should be. You see, when you start to place judgement on someone else you are often doing something altogether different; putting yourself on a pedestal. This generally only leads to angry thoughts, discontent, and selfish behavior. But, when you stop and “look in the mirror”, often you find that the thing you are judging someone else on is the thing you often do yourself. This can humble that selfish nature in your heart and give you peace again.
The next time you start to get angry with someone, or you start to judge them, stop. Take the time to “look in the mirror”. Realize that you have probably done worse or at the very least the same thing that you may be judging on. Now, consider how much your Loving Heavenly Father has forgiven you! Amazing Grace….it calms the selfish spirit and brings us back to reality.
Please help me to always check myself when I start to judge someone else. Remind me of how much You have forgiven me and the please give me a spirit of forgiveness. Help me with the log in my eye Lord. Not so that I can freely judge others but so that I can become thankful and desire to help others.
Thank You for all that You supply in my life…especially my family, friends and church. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Amen.