We often read this passage as a call to avoid judging others, and that is for sure part of the story. When we are offended by others and working hard to show them how wrong they are, there are two results: one is that they don’t perceive love, and the other is that we can be blind to our own sins. If we are careful to scrutinize our own characters in humility every bit as much as we look at others’ foibles, we have more credibility when we seek to correct others.
Questions for further thought:
1. What is the likely result if you accuse someone else of, say, being hot-headed when you yourself sometimes lose your temper?
2. Where have you had success in helping constructively remove the speck in your brother’s eye?
Challenge: Think of someone whose “speck” you would like to remove. Are there any “logs” that you need to remove from your eye first?
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