Removing my planks

December 10th, 2006

Earlier today I had an interesting conversation with a friend via email. We were talking about how it is hard at times not to be judgemental. We agreed that we both fell into the habit sometimes and had to pull ourselves up on it.

After mulling it over for a bit, I realised the times when I tended to be judgemental was when I was looking at someones perceived weakness from my own perceived position of strength.

For example, if I am good with money and a generous person and someone I know is not so good and money just seems to slip through their fingers, I could judge them from my position of strength and they would fall short. The same goes for someone who might struggle with pornography or alcohol. It would be easy to look down on them if I was ok in those areas.

The Bible says in Mathew chapter 7 verses 1-3, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “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?”

Ouch! There are two things in this verse that are a bit prickly for me. One is that I will be judged with the same measure I use for others. The second is that I might be looking at someones elses small faults when I might have my own much bigger ones that I am blind too. Double ouch!

Maybe the next time I am tempted to look down on someone and be judgemental, I would be better off praying and asking God if I have things I need to work on. Then we He answers me I will have to repent and get my crowbar out to remove my own plank.