“Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own?” Matt. 7:3
After stepping out of the shower and looking in the mirror what do I see? Think about it, what do we all see? Do we see reality or a filtered version of same? Without consciously intending it, we automatically revise the facts and take off a few pounds, a few bulges, a few wrinkles and perhaps we add some hair. We all share that gift, the gift of fictionalizing our physical condition, especially the older we get and the farther away from fitness we have come.
While fudging the physical facts is a problem, or can be, fudging our spiritual health is a far more devastating condition which many of us fall into as well.
Evan was middle aged and known for his active Christian life. He wanted to serve the Lord more each year, wanted to be God’s man in every circumstance. And yet, he had a serious flaw that had hidden itself from his conscious mind. The flaw was a common one shared by most believers. Evan had Log Vision. And like most who have this flaw, had perfected the ability to look around the log in his own eye to clearly see the splinters in everyone else’s eye!
Unlike cataracts, Log Vision cannot be surgically removed, it grows in our heart, it is a condition of the soul. Like most unpleasant attributes, Log Vision is a clever, non-offensive way of describing something more lethal and devastating: being judgmental. And being judgmental is a condition that can be changed, healed and removed. More importantly, being judgmental brings grief and pain to our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ.
- Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.”
- Luke 6:37-38 “Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion—packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing—will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return.” See Matt. 6:14 on forgiveness.
- Romans 14:10-13 “So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.” 12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”
- 1Corinthians 4:5 “So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”
- James 4:11-12 “Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. 12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?”
- Romans 2:1 Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.
Simply put: Who am I to judge? Judging is God’s job and He will take care of it. Our job is to love our neighbor and help those in need. We are also to forgive…everyone!