Now I Can See Clearly
Daily Devotional for May 18th
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3-5
It’s amazing how, as human beings, we can see the imperfections and problems in other people, but we fail to see the same problems in our own lives. Our biggest issue is that we are naturally biased to self. We seem to be able to justify our actions even though they are clearly against scripture. But when it comes to the decisions others have made, even though it may have been the same as our own, we cannot see that their decision could be justified. Because of this bias, man is clearly not in any position to be a judge.
Jesus revealed a vicious truth concerning motes and beams. As you may well be aware, there is no comparison between the two. A mote is a small dry twig. A beam is in reference a large stick of timber. If you notice, the person with the bigger issue is criticizing the one with the smaller issue. Our problems bring shame to us. When sin is revealed in our lives, it does not rest well in our hearts. The carnal reaction to revealed sin is to compare our darkness with someone else’s. When the Lord reveals sin to us, we cannot look around and say I may not be perfect, but look at the imperfections in your life!
Jesus goes further with the idea that no one can help someone else if they do not deal with their own problems. This is very revealing! There is no helping a person resolve the issues in their life if you do not know how to resolve your own. The question now becomes how do I pull out the beam out of my own eye? We must realize that we cannot remove sin from ourselves. We must come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive and cleanse with His precious blood. Jesus removes the beams out of our eyes.
When we come humbly to the Lord asking Him to forgive and cleanse, we come to the understanding of helplessness and have no attitude of pride. Once He forgives, then we have learned to see clearly how to remove the mote out of our brother’s eye. We can then come to that person revealing to them, not that we are better than them, but that we came helpless but humbly and that placing ourselves in His mercy brought about the victory. We can then come to that person without a judgmental spirit by saying I have been where you are. I cannot and will not judge you because I was in worse shape than you and I could not break free from my bondage, but I came to Jesus and asked Him to forgive and cleanse this big sin out of my life. When I asked Him, He cleansed me and will do the same for you friend. Only a person who has been forgiven and cleansed can see clearly on how to help another. Once you see clearly, there will be no arrogant attitude in belittling another’s faults and failures, but a love to see them set free as you have been.