“You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7:5 AMP
I’ve spent much of this past season of my life in the “logging” business.
I have found, and been hauling off more logs out of my own life than “you can shake a stick at.”
(My husband loves that phrase)
But I also believe that this season is the most beneficial.
Notice Jesus said First.
He didn’t say that you could never help remove the speck out of your brother’s eye,
Make sure you’re not trying to help him get his log out,
while you are blinded by the massive obstruction in your own eye.
I remember the Holy Spirit showing me an incident in the Word while I was dealing with a particularly hard person who was trying to “remove my speck….”
He showed me David’s brothers’s,
what they were thrashing at David,
(When they said that he just wanted to come and “spy” on the battle….
And all the other accusations and taunts towards him,)
were really just a mirror of what was going on in their own hearts.
They were afraid, and misusing the power that they should have been using, so they were looking for someone to take it out on.
They were the ones just “spying” on the battle instead of fighting in it!
So, I’m making sure to apply this principle to myself these days, or I at least try to.
Is what I’m so uptight and against really something that I may be doing myself?
Generally, you can tell by attitude.
If I’m kind and gentle about it, and speaking from experience…
“Ask me how I know,”
it’s a sincere, Let me help you with that.
Is my attitude rude and angry,-
which more than likely reveals that I want to have what I’m trying to correct in my brother,
but I don’t yet!
Truthfully, no one wants to be a partaker of your speck inspection business unless you’ve been through your own logging process first!
Next time your prompted….
To remove a speck,
Take logging inventory, First.