“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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a 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.” Matthew 7:3-5
Pay attention to your own sin and remove it from your life, once you do so you will be able to help your brother in need; if you don’t take care of your own sin, all you are is a hypocrite.
This scripture is often used out of its context to point out another’s sins and how they should not judge others… however, a big point it’s making is to look at YOURSELF. As I look at myself, I realize that I’ve become ensnared in this idea that someone else’s sin is priority to my own. I need to focus on my own sin and then I’ll be able to deal more clearly with the situation at hand. This scripture shows my priority must first be the plank in my own eye; my own sin must come first before I am at a place to help with another’s sin. If it’s not, I’m just a hypocrite.
Lord, when I want someone else to fix themselves so I can benefit from it, and do no work myself; I truly don’t know why I always think it’s going to work out in my favor. Help me to continue to focus on myself and give me the words to speak. I’m consumed in my sin and I am in pit, grasping for a branch to stop me from sliding further… but I am reminded that it is You who will bring me out if I’ll only heed Your instruction. Thank You, Lord! Amen.
My God, my Abba who dwells in heaven, holy is Your name! Bring Your sovereignty and power; accomplish and bring to being Your will here in this place as it is done in heaven! Give me what I need for today to grow and thrive and forgive me of my offenses as I forgive and release from their offenses, those who’ve offended me. Lead me out of temptation and adversity and rescue me from pain and trouble. For by your authority and strength, all honor and praise is yours forever. Amen. [Matthew 6:9-13]
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14