“Remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5
Have you ever tried to help someone get something out of their eye? It’s really difficult. You have to be extremely patient and gentle. The moment you touch their eye it immediately closes or they jerk their head away from you. Although the eye is probably the most sensitive part of someone’s physical body, even more sensitive is their soul. If we truly care for the health of someone’s soul, we need to approach them much like we would if we were helping them with an eye issue - with patience and gentleness.
Of course, all of this is impossible to do if we have a plank in our own eye. Before we can even consider helping someone with an issue in their life, we must first make sure we do not have a plank in our eye. How do we do that? We examine ourselves. A great way to examine ourselves is to read 1 Corinthians 13 and make sure our motives for helping that person line up with it. Once we are able to act and speak the truth in love, then we can move forward with helping that person.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “At that point there is only one thing that matters, and that is that you should be humble, you should be sympathetic, you should be so conscious of your own sin and your own unworthiness, that when you find it in another, far from condemning, you feel like weeping. You are full of sympathy and compassion; you really do want to help. You have so enjoyed getting rid of the thing in yourself that you want him to have the same pleasure and the same joy. You cannot be a spiritual oculist until you yourself have clear sight.”
Join us on Sunday as we open Matthew 7:1-6 where Jesus will present three heavy truths He wants us to consider before we make any type of judgment.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!