“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Luke 6: 41 – 42 (NIV)
A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbour hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbour would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”
The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life…What we see when watching others, depends on the window through which we look.
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When you never fail to spot something wrong with other people, stop and check yourself…it is very likely that you have a similar, perhaps even worse problem, which you should address first…then you can go help your neighbour (that is if they need your help in the first place).
For instance, I find myself getting very frustrated when other people procrastinate, and I hurry them into taking action…meanwhile I AM (NOT ANY MORE, by the grace of God) queen of procrastinators…very often delaying things that could be done immediately, and quickly…so when I catch myself judging, or trying to rush a procrastinator, I remember my own short comings and call myself to order.
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?
She’s such a back biter – STOP! – Have you never backbitten? – How about what you said about that pretty colleague of yours? – CHECK.
He’s such a liar – STOP! Have you never told a lie? – How about the one you told to get that job? – CHECK.
First, take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
So, have you ever caught yourself trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when in fact you had a plank in yours? Share with us, let’s learn from your example.