“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 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? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
What is it about human nature that we find it easier to see others' faults rather than our own? It`s because basically we are self-righteous and have a high opinion of ourselves, thinking we have no need of anyone`s help as long as we are okay.
Without Jesus in our lives to help us to live and even think right, this is our basic problem, we will keep on sinning and do what comes naturally, being self-centred instead of Jesus-centred.
We are all born with a sin nature, thinking only of ourselves, taking care of our own needs, regardless of anyone else. To be able to live as Jesus wants us to, we must be born again, receiving a new nature, a Jesus-centred nature. A brand new heart, changing from the inside, being transformed into the image of God (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are told over and over again in Scripture to examine ourselves, as Christians, and make sure there is no wicked way in us.
Jesus is telling us to remove the plank in our eyes so we can see clearly to help others.
When we think as Jesus thinks, we will be humble and compassionate enough to be able to truly help others and see their need and have the desire and the ability necessary to help them.
The first step to being a Christian is to recognise we are sinful by nature and acknowledging we need help and cannot do it on our own. When we discover this, we will repent and turn to Jesus with all our heart asking for His help. He is the One after all who is leading us to repentance. He softens our heart so that we are capable of caring for others as He desires.
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
It is futile to teach holy concepts to people who don`t want to listen and will only tear apart what we say. There are many who love living in their sin and detest the fact that we would try to tell them otherwise.
The sin nature does not want to be told what it should be doing. If there is no softness in the person`s heart to hear how God wants them to live, then we are found casting pearl before swine - giving the precious Gospel of God`s Word to someone who is not interested, which is like giving a dog what is holy and a pig a pearl - neither animal have any concept of their value. This is how some human beings can be. God`s Word is too precious to have it trampled on.
Wisdom and discernment is what is called for when sharing this precious jewel. God gives us both!
Praise His holy and matchless name forevermore!