If I say to someone that what they are doing is sin, isn’t that a judgment on my part?
If I tell someone they need Jesus as Savior then I have judged them.
However, the more I judge myself, the less judgment I pass on others but rather more encouragement.
Let’s get back to our main text on judging others; Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matt 7:1-5
It comes back to the speck and plank.
The plank in my eye indicates that I must examine myself; that my problem is very large compared to someone else, who only has a speck.
It should be extremely for me to see and feel a plank in my own eye; equally easy to get my hands on it and pull it out.
When I judge myself, when I remove my plank, I no longer desire to merely point out that my brother has a speck but I help him remove it.
I have actually had someone come to me with something in their eye.
First, I got into the light where I can see more clearly; you don’t want to do this in the dark or dim light.
(I remind you that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12)
I had to get really close to this person to see the speck. There is no way I could help them from down the block or across the room. I’m face-to-face with them.
Once I see the speck I get a tissue or something soft and as un-abrasive as possible. I usually wet it too.
Then I carefully got the speck out.
So how would you remove a speck from someone’s eye?
Dig it out with a spoon, harsh and rough?
Remove the eye, remove the speck, and put the eye back?
Or would you take your time and try not to damage or hurt the eye or the brother?
Now you understand judgment!


2 thoughts on “Plank-n-Speck

  1. I haven’t replied in some time, cause, my computer has been down. I’m back! It is a fearful thing belonging to the only living God. I pray & study, and pray some more before speaking to someone about their speck. As God promised, He is with my mouth! What I prepared to say is not what comes out of my mouth (thank God). His message is short and gentle. Even I, at times, am surprised. I tell myself, “message delivered now it’s their turn to respond”. Then I ask blessing on them. God knows I need Him in big ways & little ways all the time.

  2. Pingback: God’s word for me today was quit looking at the speck – Scott's Blog

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