“Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3&5 ->me: I think I would consider myself a very ‘Black and White’ person when it comes to evaluating the actions and behavior of others (my wife is laughing right now in agreement as she reads this). God’s teaching for me today is not only compassion for others as we are all in the same spiritual condition before the Lord, but to hold my inner judgements and categorizing of people based on what I see in their choices and walk. Jesus is saying here that I need to get my own house in order before making comments on the cleanliness of someone else’s. What I know to be true is that when I pull that proverbial log out of my own eye, by coming before the Lord on my knees in confession, is that I also gain a more Christlike compassion for those who struggle…my focus on them no longer becomes to point out their faults, but to come alongside and be available to bring them closer to the Lord where He can be the one to reveal their sin. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn, but to bring sinners to repentance (John 12:47).