The Planks In Our Eyes

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck our of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
Matthew 7:3-4 (NIV)

I’ve never really liked this verse, because time and time again I find myself overwhelmingly convicted.  For me, it’s a difficult message to hear and something I’ve never really started to conquer.  I’m so quick in my heart to point out what others are doing wrong, but I can’t possibly have planks in my own eye, can I??  Why is it so much easier to point out other people’s faults, without first working through my own?

The more I learn and pray through unforgiveness, the more I see that I have such a long way to go, but as I continue to work through it, God is so faithful to come alongside me and shower me with His grace.  I love in James 4:6, right before yesterday’s verse he is talking about the struggle of quarreling and loving the world, and James says, “But he gives us more grace.”  Thank you Lord, for your grace!

Lord, I confess that I have a heart that is so quick to point out other people’s flaws, when I haven’t even begun to work through my own.  I confess that I struggle with letting go of people who I feel have wronged me, and resting fully in your arms.  I can’t do this without you and I thank you for the way you come alongside me.  Today, I pray Micah 6:8—I pray that I will be a woman who acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with you, because I know this is what you require of me.