‘Let me help you with your issues,’ as they look into our eyes. Sounds sincere, but what is someone really saying? It sounds more like criticism than a sincere offer of kindness. Helping each other is a noble and kind thing to do, but what happens when it becomes more about being critical based on what we see? It can also sound patronizing.
Years ago, I learned a rather straightforward and tad painful truth from the Bible. Today is a good day to remind myself of that truth. Our verse of the day comes from 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.”
Yikes. But is Jesus not on point about this? Indeed he is. Too many times, we are quick to see the faults in others while not seeing our own. We risk developing a critical spirit that isn’t very kind or helpful. In Jesus’ own words, we are hypocritical.
“Better it is to correct one’s own faults than those of others.”
I have to go now and look in my magnifying mirror for logs in my own eyes. See you later.
Before I go, let’s pray.
Father, thank you for the lesson on the eye. Too often, Lord, I don’t see my own faults before judging someone else. Help me to see where I fall short before I look at others. Lord, I thank you for caring enough for me that you want to see me grow and stretch in my faith. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.