“Why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother ‘let me take the speck out of your eye’ and behold the log is in your own eye?” “You HYPOCRITE! First take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.” This question was meant to be an eye opener, Jesus is in the middle of His section in the sermon on the mount about judging others.. First he says it outright.. “Don’t judge so you will not be judged”
Don’t we hear that statement a lot.. “Don’t judge me!”, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone!” Nevertheless as we continue to read on in the text we will see there are some judgments Jesus does not condemn, but in fact condones them..
So let’s look at our question for the day.. Why are you looking at a speck in someone elses eye??
What’s the speck?
The speck is SIN!
It’s pointed out there and although it seems like Jesus is making a measure of sin, He’s not..He’s pointing out that by the same measure we use to measure others it will be measured back to us. … When we look at someone else and what they are NOT doing right, forgetting about our own trespasses we are not wise, because in that we will not have mercy on them hence Jesus’ statement.. “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.”
This is when we resort to things such as ask that question Jesus mentioned..”Let me help you clean up your life and we can clean out of your mess..I can see YOU really need help with that sin you are in!” In other words… I don’t have it all together but let me set you straight..Don’t worry about the sin in my life it’s about me extracting the sin from yours! I’m deputized to make your sin the main priority in my life…. So then in helping you get rid of yours I don’t notice my own.
God is saying this is a gross underestimation of our own sin..
The only reason we are judging their sin is because we are too prideful and wicked to look at our own sin…. and should we deal with that we would see we are more humble/meek in our restoring the one who has fallen away! If we would just be mindful of all that the Lord has saved us from today and is still at work in us on.. We will be much more mindful of others in our endeavors to “help out!”