Easily seen are the faults of others, but
in far too many instances it is difficult to see our own.
Pride and arrogance zealously brings attention
to another person’s shortcomings,
while remaining forgetful to its own.
Scripture cautions us not to be harsh and judgmental
of the faults of others,
even where they are evident,
because neither are we perfect and free from error.
Why do we see the speck that is in our brother's eye,
but do not notice the log that is in our own eye?
Or how can we say to our brother,
"Let me take the speck out of your eye,"
when there is the log in our own eye?
Some would rather obsess about the speck in their brother's eye
because it allows them to ignore their own log.
How much easier it is to deal with another's shortcomings
than to confront our own.
The vile are ever prone to detect the faults of others,
though they be as small as mustard seeds,
and persistently shut their eyes against their own,
though they be as large as life.
"That is hypocritical,
first we must take the log out of our own eye,
and then we will see clearly
to take the speck out of our brother's eye."
The admonition not to regard the speck
in our neighbor's eye
before removing the log from our own eye
finds parallels in many scriptures.
Rather than justify ourselves and blame others,
we should look into ourselves and clean house.
If we want to criticize someone,
we must first criticize ourselves more than three times.
Happy is the person who finds fault with himself
instead of finding fault with others.
It would greatly benefit each of us to work with the log
that pierces our own eye. Perhaps, with practice, we
might see how the log distorts our view of the world.
With more practice, we might remove it entirely.
Jesus Himself said,
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees,
in an attempt to discredit Jesus,
brought a woman charged with adultery before Him.
Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable
by stoning and challenged Him to judge the woman
so that they might then accuse Him of disobeying the law.
Jesus thought for a moment and then replied,
“He that is without sin among you,
let him cast the first stone at her.”
The people crowded around Him were so touched
by their own consciences that they departed.
When Jesus found Himself alone with the woman,
He asked her who were her accusers.
She replied, “No man, Lord.”
Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee:
go and sin no more.”
God knows our imagination
before we even give it a thought.
We should be careful in
nitpicking and judging people’s motives
or eternal destiny.
God is our only Judge and Lawgiver.
every soul must one day stand.
We shall all stand before the judgment-seat
that every one may receive according
to the things we have done in the body.
People live, die, and are judged individually,
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,
the one who is able to save and destroy.
But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?
In some sense, we may be said to stand before God now:
for God is not far from any of us;
“in God we live, and move,
and have our being.”
The consequence of this is,
there is no creature which is not manifest to God's sight,
but all things are naked
and open to the eyes of God.
God is Omniscient and Omnipresent,
we already stand before God.
Wherever we are... God is.
God's eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
God is about our bed, and about our paths,
and is acquainted with all our ways;
nor is there a word on our tongues,
or a thought in our hearts, that God does not already know about.
God is a God of love, and a God of justice as well.
In fact, justice is an implication of love.
Love does not stand by complacently when it sees injustice.
May we rest in the fact that
You, O God
will always treat us
with goodness and fairness,
righteousness and justice.
God knows our secret thoughts.
hidden and open.
"In due season God will judge everyone,
both good and bad, for all their deeds."
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged."
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you"
May we be fair in judgment,
May God bless and create in all of us
a clean, non-judgmental heart.