Why do you look at 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. (Luke 6:41, 42 NASB)
The tiniest speck in your eye is a miserable irritation, isn't it? It causes your eye to increase tear production in an attempt to flush out the foreign body, resulting in a frightful combination of scratchy eye and dripping tears. Numbing drops can lessen the sensation, but will not stop the speck from continuing to cause irritation to the fragile tissue of your eye. Untreated (and depending upon the type of foreign body (or speck) in your eye, it can wreak considerable havoc in your eye. The only thing that will truly help is to get the speck out.
Instead of Speck Disease, some of us have a much more severe condition known as Log Disease. It is a terrible thing, and all of us are afflicted with it at one time or another. Instead of a tiny speck in our eye, we have a big log in our eye. Can you see with a log in your eye? No. Of course not. The problem with Log Disease is that it not only blocks our ability to see clearly, but also tricks us into thinking we CAN see clearly! What a mess!
There is one thing people with Log Disease can see. They can see specks in the eyes of people with Speck Disease. Generally, those tiny specks are magnified in the eyes of the people with Log Disease, so that the speck seems much larger than it actually is. Unfortunately, people with Log Disease are also frequently tricked into thinking that, because they can recognize the speck, they are qualified and equipped to remove the speck. The log protruding from their own eye makes that impossible, but they are likely to persist in their efforts! Jesus said that the people with Log Disease need to get their own log removed so that they can help the person with Speck Disease remove their little speck.
You may be wondering what this means. These verses indicate the need for us to be blameless before we try to deal with someone else's sin. We need to examine our own heart before we examine that of another.
We all likely have one condition or another. Speck Disease or Log Disease. Which one do you have? The only treatment is to allow the speck or the log to be removed. The only physician who can treat this is the Great Physician, Jesus Himself. Are you overdue for an "eye" examine? Why not let our Lord treat you today?
Pray that we and our loved ones will willingly submit to the Great Physician's care and be willing to stay until all the treatment is done and healing is complete.
Link for last night's post: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/04/friday-night-with-friends-perils-of.html