Judging Others

April 29, 2008

“And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” – Matthew 7:3

Imagine that you need surgery to remove a splinter of wood from your eye. It’s a dangerous procedure; one slip of the scalpel and you are ruined. The doctor tells you that the surgery will be no problem, but something about the doctor is so horrifying it’s comical. You notice he has a two-by-four through both his eyes.

That ludicrous scene is what Jesus was illustrating when He talked about judging others. He said, “Do not judge or you too will be judged…Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye…you hypocrite? First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

In judging the flaws of others, we are often blind to our own. It’s ludicrous to get in the judging business, for none of us has good enough vision to know the whole story. Only God sees with complete vision. He’s the only one with 20/20 vision in understanding another person’s life. Let’s get into the loving business and leave the judging to God.