One friend, speaking on this passage, gave this advice: When in conflict, we typically assume it’s 80% their fault, 20% ours. But approach the argument as if it’s the opposite, since that’s how the other person sees it!

Jesus said, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

It’s a ridiculous image. But usually we can recognize some truth in it. It’s embarassing for us, because we know it’s something we’ve done. Story of someone driving down road, sketchy people, judging them. Reazlizes speeding! “They might be breaking, or planning to break the law, but I am 100% guilty!”
We don’t judge ourselves by the same standards we use for others. It’s right in the log and speck imagery: We are the worst possible eye surgeon, but ready to give it a try all the same.

Specks are not harmless – don’t ignore one! Left alone in our own eye, or anyone else’s, they become inflamed irritants…you are a bad friend if you ignore the speck in someone else’s eye.

But to be that good friend, first take log out of your own eye – approach other person with humility and self-awareness.

Jesus’ death on the cross is central. It allows us to become aware of brokenness and sin – we needed Jesus to die for us. This can help us believe we are no better than others – we all needed relief from sin. To approach that other person, we have to believe we are worse, or as bad, as anyone else.

But Jesus’ death on the cross also tells us we are loved. By showing us how loved we are, Jesus has removed any of our motivations to avoid hard conversations by fear. We are loved, even in the hard conversations.

Challenge: Who do you want to criticize or judge? Are you guilty of the same? Approach that person on the level, tell them you’re working on this issue in yourself, and see what happens from there.

Cast: Redeem the Commute


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