Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’
when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Have you ever judged someone and then felt guilty because you knew you were guilty of the same thing or something similar?
If you haven’t already, read Luke 6:42 listed above.
Jesus had a way of showing people how their hypocrisy was not as insignificant as they thought. When’s the last time you saw someone walking around with a log hanging out of their eye? A log in your eye would be pretty hard to ignore. I just love how Jesus could blow something we do, like hypocrisy, in such a way that we can’t ignore it! If you had a beam in your eye, there’s no way you would be walking around casually. You would be running and screaming for help.
Jesus was trying to show the absurd the hypocrisy and blindness of those who were being judgmental.
I think the inner dialogue of the person with the log in their eye that Jesus is referring to might be something like this.
“It’s not that bad.
I’m a work in progress.
Hopefully, no one will notice.
Maybe if I talk about someone else’s faults they won’t look at mine.”
This might be one reason the great commandment says to love your neighbor as yourself. I would say most of us have a pretty high tolerance when it comes to our sinfulness. For the most part, we don’t walk around saying “did you notice how selfish I am”. Probably not. The reality is that most of us understand we are sinful people trusting Jesus to transform us into His sinless image.
Jesus, knowing our natural tendency, taught this so we would know how dangerous it is to let this attitude of hypocrisy go unchecked. So let’s do a little self-examination.
Let me just throw some “small sins” that we overlook as we harp on “big sins”:
gossiping, lusting, laziness, gluttony, and all these complemented by a good dose of hypocrisy to help them go down smoothly.
Let me be a little more specific. Let’s use sexual sin as an example.
What I have noticed is that we are very quick to judge someone for their sexual sin. Maybe it’s because we’re not guilty of that sin? Maybe it’s because that sin is more visible than ours? And so we intentionally or unintentionally exclude those found guilty either physically or socially. Then we walk to the buffet to stuff our faces to the point of making ourselves sick – which by the way is gluttony, aka a sin. Is it possible Jesus would tell us we have a log in our eye?
I am not saying that we walk around scared to say anything.
What I am saying is that the disposition of our heart should be the same as when we deal with our own sins. When we deal with our own sins we are more understanding and we expect the same from those who are aware of them. We love ourselves no matter what and we should love others the same.
Jesus gives us a perfect example of this.
Jesus picked twelves disciples. They were not perfect disciples and we see this in the many times he had to teach them that their thinking and actions were not Godly. But notice the disciples didn’t leave and notice Jesus didn’t run them off. They stayed because they knew Jesus loved them. And Jesus also lovingly approached them about their faults.
So let’s walk with those who have specks and logs in their eyes. Let’s love them like Jesus did – not Condemning and not Condoning. But instead doing life together as we become more like Christ together.
Has this been your experience? What are some practical ways you’ve seen this? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.