Judge Not II: Plank Eye
Let’s take a look at Matthew 7:1-5 again –
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” (v.1-2)
Few want this to take place; to be judged by the same standard by which they judge others. Remember we are not talking about discernment here; we are talking about the type of judging that involves condemnation. We are talking about the attitudinal constant in our interactions with others when they have either done or we think they have done something against us. Sure, we know that we are not God but at times we act like it. Our court room is full and our gavel is swift to bang.
I’ve mentioned that we should live as speck eyed believers who never see the planks in others. Our view of them ought to contain a few key elements.
First, they should be regarded as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-5; Matthew 9:35). Our own agenda should be secondary to the serving of others. This keeps us in the proper position.
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? (v.3)
Secondly, our viewing lens should always include a filter that contains our own failings, sins, and temptations. (Matthew 5:21-22; Gal. 6:1-4) Not many would enjoy having their every thought, motive, and intention laid out for all to see. We would do well to keep our heart entrails in front of us as we view one another for the “heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick…” (Jeremiah 17:9)
If we want grace and mercy to be extended to us, then we should give it away to others.
“…how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?” (v.4)
Dealing with our own struggles and tainted actions must come first, and even then, we should deal with one another from the pocket of grace that we enjoy from the One to whom we owe everything. We avoid gross hypocrisy when we first seek to rip out the plank in our infected eye so that we may see clearly to deal with our neighbor in a godly and profitable manner.
“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (v.5)
Love and humility underwrite these commands while fear and pride smother them. May we all breathe the breath that doctrine brings and live out our faith supernaturally.