A speck or a plank? What’s in our eye? Based on Mat. 7:3-5

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Matthew 7:3-5 NIV
“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? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

large lumber being sawed by a chainsaw                                                                                          Large lumber being sawed by a chainsaw

What do you think? What would be an example of a “plank”? Can you think of an example of a “speck” in someone else’s eye? How does grace fit into this?
(I can think of lots of planks I have had in my own eyes at times – bad attitude, wrong thinking about myself and others, minimizing my sin or God’s grace, wanting blessing for me and cursing for them. And, yes, these words are convicting.) Lord, have mercy on us all.

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  1. Matthew 7:1-5 NIV
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. [2] For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [3] “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? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
    The question of how grace fits into this was challenging and sent me sercbing. Found this pretty neat site Christianity.com and it helped me with that question with the following commentary:
    “Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness. We live in a world of earning, deserving, and merit, and these result in judgment. That is why everyone wants and needs grace. Judgment kills. Only grace makes alive.”
    So, in Matthew 7:1Jesus says not to judge lest we be judged.(Again, I pulled in surrounding verses for context.) When I look at the scriptures and the commentary I think he is telling us that if we are wanting undeserved forgiveness for our transgressions, we’d better be ready to show it.
    I think of a speck in my brother’s eye as being some petty annoyance that prevents me from loving with the love of Christ. That person I avoid, secretly laugh at, or worse of all, gossip about. I live in an elderly and disabled community. It is small. Pretty much, everybody knows everyone. In many ways we are like a big family. This is convicting, because I realize I do judge. I do see their specks…We all have them( they may even be valid flaws)…But I was not put on Earth to judge them and our Lord says it clearly so it’s an imperative.
    So, my plank is that my sin is way bigger than their specks because I am judging. I am taking God’s grace and distorting it to suit me, turning it into a one way street. I am that hypocrite I want God’s grace to cover me AND I am not showing the same to my neighbors. That’s my plank.

    Lord God, I am willing to be changed. Will You please take my heart and change it to be more like yours? You loved and served the unlovable. Please, forgive my failure to do this. Remove the plank from my eye so that I can see my neighbor as you do. Lord, it doesn’t come naturally, I’ll need a lot of help.
    Amen

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