Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
I’ve found that detecting a log in our own eye can be surprisingly hard. It is much easier to be in denial than to deal with it. If we have a log in our eye, then that piece of wood is probably disrupting our perception of and relationship with other people. We must first remove the log and then–if we still want to address the speck in our neighbor’s eye–we can deliver helpful, empathetic advice rather than unhelpful criticism.
This message is an excerpt of “Who are you to judge?” by Emily Williams Guffey in the October 2010 issue of Cafe.
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