Blind Ophthalmologists

Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV)

3    And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

4    Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

5    Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Jesus calls us to examine our motives when we volunteer to “help” someone

  • Are we happy to find a fault in the other person?
    • Are we eager to criticize the person in whom we have found a fault?
    • Are we eager to condemn that person?
    • Are we possessed by a Godly spirit or a “gotcha” spirit?

To genuinely be of help to one who has fallen or in whom we have spotted an imperfection…

Step 1:     Get the log out of your own eye.

  • Remove your spirit of hypercriticism
    • Remove your spirit of censoriousness
      • Be able to see yourself clearly before you go looking at others’ faults

Step 2:     Understand the difficulty of removing a dust-speck from the eye

  • The eye is the most delicate, sensitive organ you have
    • It reacts quickly and definitively to the touch
      • It closes for protection
    • The soul is the most sensitive aspect of a person!

A spiritual ophthalmologist needs:

  • Sympathy
    • Patience
    • Calmness
    • Coolness
    • Compassion
    • Humility
    • Prayerfulness

“Speaking the truth in love” is one of the most spiritually difficult things in life

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