Our 20/20 Vision of the Faults of Others
Matthew 7:3 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You 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.”
It truly is remarkable how clearly we are able to see other people’s faults. Toward others, we TOTALLY have 20/20 vision, am I right?
So we put the hammer down on others, blaming them, bearing grudges, letting the sun go down on our anger, etc. Our clear vision of the other person’s faults seem to justify all of this ungodly behavior.
God’s Kindness becomes Our Kindness
Jesus says to take the log out of our own eye before focusing on the speck in our brother’s eye. Remember who you were before Christ: lost, broken, dead in trespasses and sin. At enmity with God. Think back a moment: when you were in this condition, how did Christ win you?
Did He yell, bear a grudge, or play a blame game?
How did He lead you to Himself? Turn over to Romans 2:4.
Romans 2:4 says that it was God’s kindness that lead you to repentance. This revelation is likely to immediately stop our mouths and anger towards others, humble our hearts and ask God for His forgiveness. Paul regarded himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
Thank you God for being longsuffering and kind. Help us to extend this same kindness and gentleness to others and focus on ourselves in the midst of conflict.