We’ll continue this discussion on the logs in our eyes….Matthew 7:5 says this:
“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!”
So we spoke yesterday of the idea that even though we have our own messes in our lives, we are able to help others…Let’s dive into that just a bit.
Jesus has told His audience in direct terms not to judge each other, else they will also be judged (Matthew 7:1). He does not mean that people should have no discernment about sin, even in the lives of other people. Instead, the command forbids playing God (Matthew 7:2). Christians are not to pronounce God’s judgment on other sinners while leaving our own lives unexamined or un-judged. We are not qualified to fill God’s sinless, righteous shoes. To judge the sin of others while ignoring our own is as absurd as criticizing someone with dust in their eyes, while our own eye is impaled by a stick (Matthew 7:3–4).
However, Christ also says we are qualified to help each other remove sin from our lives. To say to a brother or sister “let me help you remove sin from your life” is different from pronouncing God’s judgment on them. Of course, Jesus has emphasized that we are not qualified even for that role until we have addressed the obvious sin from our own lives. Otherwise, we become “hypocrites,” a term derived from the Greek word for “an actor or pretender.”
Once we have worked to remove some sin from our own lives—or at least dealt with egregious sins—we may be able to help remove the sin from another person’s life, in humility and service.
So Jesus is clearly stating that we need help in defeating our own sin before we can help others with their sin.
I really feel like it’s a journey that we’re all on. None of us will ever be sinless in order to help another…this is true…yet, in the midst of our struggles and journeys, we have the ability to help others with our experiences.
So I’ll ask again…how are you helping others with the experiences that you have had? Just a little thought for the day.