Matthew 7:3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Have you ever had the experience of making (or even thinking) a judgment about someone and then that very day you find yourself doing nearly the same thing?
Wow, that person sure is a grump today — and then find yourself throwing out your own burrs. Why are they always angry — and then you leave behind flames of your own fury. They shouldn’t yell like that — and before your head hits the pillow you’ve done your share of loud blasts!
Jesus says: For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matt. 7:2
If that is true — we are all in trouble!
Think back to a previous moment of bringing out our own measuring rod on someone else. Jesus is saying the same tape measure used to measure them, will be used to measure us!
That will be uncomfortable!
That is why Jesus hands us this verse:
Matt. 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Rightly so…. name included.
May we be plank-removers and not so much speck-removers!THE WAY: exploring the sermon on the mount