And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, “Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,” when you can’t even see because of the board in your own?
–Matthew 7:3-4 TLB
Isn’t it amazing how quick we are to cast judgment, point out someone’s flaws, or try to fix their trouble spots while ignoring our shortcomings and blind spots? As in the game of Operation, we go around examining, poking, and probing into other people’s lives for various reasons. Some are legitimate and genuinely heartfelt, yet others are wrong and ungodly. Jesus warns us in today’s Scripture that we are not to judge others, and we are first to make sure that our lives are in right standing with God before trying to correct someone else’s weak spots.
Some wrong motives may include wanting to make yourself look better than someone else, hoping to see someone fail so you can get ahead, or staying distracted with other people’s lives to avoid dealing with issues God wants you to address in your own life. God is not going to judge us on how well we tended to everyone else’s lives while ignoring our own. Yes, He wants us to reach out and help others, but our foremost responsibility is to tend to our inner and private lives first. During these operations, we must remember that God is the Great Physician who heals and restores us.
- Great Physician, I ask that You search me from the inside out and point out anything that displeases You. Have mercy on me.
- Holy Spirit, create in me a healthy heart attitude so I can reach out and help the hurting in a godly, healthy way. Amen.