“And why do you look at the sliver that is in your brother’s eye, but you do not perceive the beam that is in your own eye? …First cast out the beam from your own eye.. =You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.” Luke 6:41 – 42; Matthew 7:5 (also different verions)
A small child reading the above verses would laugh at the idea of a man with a big log (wood beam) in his eye trying to find a speck or sliver of wood in someone else’s eye; while an Adult would frawn at such statement mostly when he or she is desperate to prove such wrong. Taken literally, these verses appear ludicrous, silly, and abusive to some extent. That is, however, the point! Christ, exercising his humor, yet imparting, used a funny, exaggerated analogy to drive home the concept that: before we pick on the little faults and flaws of others we need to take a hard look at our own giant shortcomings and repent first whether it is hidden or vivid!
Before we start speaking to an unbeliever, we need Holy Spirit, we need to pray, often in secret without saying a word to the person we are praying for in our prayer closet. You know some of us love to point out fingers and find holes about others but God wants us to search our hearts first, even before we intercede for others. We need not be thieves or murderers but our sinful attitudes are poisonous enough to ruin our prayers. We must be aware that in most times, “sins in our life is blocking the blessing for our loved ones or that sinner you wished to be saved!” Watch out !
Right here, right now, we need to start setting right example to make sure we are not a stumbling block to anyone, so that they can be helped and not hindered in making the choice to follow and gain their own eternal freedom from Jesus too. We should never give them a chance to turn around and say, ”live out what you are preaching to me naw”. How disgraceful that would be! Fasting and praying enough? I think this is the most wanted message. Let us search our hearts with God given solutions. God will not allow us to justify our pride, arrogance, anger, envy, short temper, sharp tongue, smugness and rudeness. I feel bad for many of us, because we have been too often inside the church with no God in our life; We have been in church committees, church festivals, youth meetings but still with big planks in our eyes. We fight with our brothers and sisters and still sit inside the church, we are mean and cunning and yet not convicted. Lord, give us eye sight to see our sins, repent, and forsake it all! Amen!