The Speck and the Plank

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    Matthew 7:2-5 says, "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. [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.

    judging others is a difficult thing to do correctly. The verse before these says, "Judge not that you be not judged"...yet in the context of these next few verses it is clear that some judgement must be done. In John 7:24 Christ says, "Judge righteous judgment". Christ was teaching here that improper judgement is unrighteous and ungodly. When one is quick to judge another, yet fails to recognize and correct their own faults then their judgement is unrighteous. It is usually easier to see the small faults in others lives than to recognize our own shortcomings and faults. Personal, continual, honest evaluation is absolutely necessary in order for one to continuously follow Christ as is commanded by God. Only when following God as they should is one capable of helping others get their lives in order as well.