“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, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

– Luke 6:41-42 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Jesus makes an important point: we are prone to harshly judge others based upon our personal struggles. For example; if we have internal struggles with envy, we will see the power plays and insecurities that envy creates in others. These observations will only remind us of our personal issues, so we lash out to compensate. Our task is to recognize when our reactions are larger than they should be, because those reactions could be an indicator of the very things that we need to address in our own lives.

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