He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
This passage really speaks to all of us and makes us feel at times ashamed of our own actions. How many times have you criticized someone else and failed to look within yourself to see the same flaws? We all do it. It’s part of our human nature that most of us would like to deny. But we all do it.
It is hard to not look at others with a critical eye. But we are called to look within our own lives first before we say something negative against someone else. Of all people, Jesus could have looked at everyone he came in contact with – the sinners, the liers, the dishonest – even His own Apostles – and would have had every right to criticize. But, He didn’t. He showed everyone love.
Before you speak out of turn, turn your thoughts instead to your own life. And thank God that He shows us compassion and loves us unconditionally. Unless you are perfect – -and no one is – you can’t speak against someone else.
Look in the mirror and thank God for what He has done for you. Take a good long look