THE BEAM IN MY OWN EYE
"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's
eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
. . . You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your own eye."
If you are looking for a partial definition of a hypocrite, here it is!
While hpocrisy is just one of our
many self-consuming traits,
it is a sinful, intertwined way of life that furthers our
own sins while deceiving others.
We should consider
why it is that we are so eager to repair some small sin
in another person,
when we are in need of a major repair ourselves?
God does not say we are never to help with the speck that is in our brother's eye.
Rather we are to avoid being over-curious, inquiring into the faults of others so as to condemn them, while trying to appear more righteous than they.
Scripture instructs us to first discern God's will for ourselves,
then use loving discretion to aid our brother and sister with the speck that they are suffering under and need to find a way to rid themselves of it.
"Father, thank you for surrounding me with your gracious and continual blessings.
Help me to look away from the cares of the world and focus on you today.
Help me with the speck, the flaws in my own life and surrender them to you in repentance.
Help me to care about others and
be of help to those you bring me into my life."
Ina Manly Painter
105 Center Park Dr., Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37922