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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. 6Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
— Matthew 7:4-6
In Choosing Authenticity I we talked about the step of ceasing all forms of improper judging of others. We recognized the need for discernment and the fact that we must judge actions; but Jesus told us to suspend judgment of others’ motives and appearance. That’s the first step in authentic living—how I begin to treat others.
Here’s the second step in authentic living. I choose to be authentic by judging myself. He says, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but you don’t notice the log that’s in your own eye?” I’m sure when Jesus said that the people were chuckling and like, “Are you kidding? That’s a funny picture.” It is. The idea is that the thing that’s in your life is so big that it keeps you from getting close enough to see the thing that the other person needs to work on.
Look down at verse 5: “Hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, then you can see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” When you’ve dealt with the big thing in our life and really been honest with God about it, how different will your tone be as you talk to someone else who needs to grow. When I’m dealing with my stuff, the whole way that I come and talk to you now is going to have an understanding tone because I know that I don’t have it all together. So, the way that I talk to you about what you need to work on is just going to be just a lot different. It’s part of being authentic, not judging others and judging myself. If you’re sure you’ve got it all together, you’re definitely not ready to help anyone else!
It’s time for us to judge ourselves. The scripture says, “It’s time for judgment to begin in the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). The church of Jesus Christ is so judgmental of the world. Instead of humility and admission that we’re sinners too, the world hears our inauthentic claims to be perfect! How about judging ourselves? We’re the ones that know God’s standard. How’s that going for you? — James MacDonald
Lord Jesus, as a carpenter, You know all about logs, particularly the logs in my life. Show me not only what I don’t see, but also how those things make me look at others the wrong way. I can’t be authentic with a log sticking out of my eye, but I know I can’t be authentic by denying it either. So, let’s get this out of the way, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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