June 23, 2014
Seeing Beyond Our 'Beams'
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
In looking at other people's lives, I seem to see so much more clearly than when I look at my own. Why is that?
Jesus is remarking on how easy it is to pick out the faults of others while struggling to see our own. Perhaps, after taking Jesus' words to heart, we could turn this unfortunate tendency a bit and use it to grow in holiness rather than judgment. It could be an interesting exercise.
In short, how would I like to see my best friend act? If I'm tempted to do some evil, what would I tell a friend in a similar situation? I'd probably find it easy to see the good that he or she should do. Turning to myself, I might then avoid the tendency to excuse and rationalize my way into constructing yet one more huge beam.
Lord Jesus, remove the beam in my eye and help me see myself clearly, as you do.
- Amy Welborn
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18|Psalm 60:3-5, 12-13|Matthew 7:1-5