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The Plank In My Eye

Luke 6:41,42 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?42How can you say, ‘Friend, 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 the other person’s eye. (NIV)

It is Monday morning, and time to tidy up after another busy weekend.

Everywhere I go there is an item that a family member has left out. Shoes hastily taken off by the door. Dishes placed in the sink, but not rinsed nor put into the dishwasher. Slips of paper with important notes on them. Magazines, briefly perused, but still needing to be read. I sigh and begin to grumble as I start the task of putting things back into their proper place.

Then . . . my eyes are opened. There aren’t just two pair of shoes by the doorway. There are three. And one of them is mine. Isn’t that the magazine I didn’t have time to finish looking at yesterday? How long have I been meaning to tackle that pile of papers on the desk?

Funny how we can see other’s “messes” so easily, but manage to look straight past our own. Harsh words. Selfishness. Judgement. Impatience. We often become angry or disappointed with someone without remembering that we are all human. We need one another’s grace and forgiveness and love.

Lord! Please show me the plank in my own eye. Then, help me not to try to remove my friend’s speck, unless she asks for my help.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Luke 6:37 KJV Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:


2 thoughts on “The Plank In My Eye

  1. Amen and amen! Perfect reminder for me!

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