In Matthew 7:15 Jesus says this: 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Unfortunately many people look at this entire passage on judging in Matthew chapter 7 and conclude that we are not to judge at all. They stop at verse 1, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” But the passage doesn’t end there. In fact, if you stop at that verse you miss the main point of the entire section of teaching that Jesus gives. Yesterday we talked about the danger of being hypocritical in our judgment but today Jesus reminds us of the benefit to proper judging…we can help another person deal with a sin or negative issue in their own lives….but we need to see clearly.
It is pretty obvious to most of us that if we are struggling with a particular sin, we are not great “judges” of someone else who is struggling with the same sin. Because of our natural self-centeredness and tendency to justify our behavior, we are not very well equipped to help someone else with the same problem; at least in a “judge/judgee” relationship (I realize “judgee” is not a real word but it seemed to fit) But Jesus’ counsel is not to get out of the judging business but rather to get the log out of our eye…our response is to engage God’s power and ability over our own sin so we can help someone with their sin.
Seeing clearly is so very important. Let’s get this very important thing right.