Remove the Log{Luke 6:41-42; NLT}
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Jesus expects his followers to live to a high moral standard. The standard Jesus set not only deals with our actions, but our thoughts and attitudes as well (Matthew 5:21-48). The temptation that we face by having a high moral standard is to judge the people around us by it.

This explains why the Church is efficient in judging the world of its sin. In fact, some preachers and other Christian leaders have made a career of pointing out the sin of the world.

Yes, there is tremendous evil and sin that exists in the world. I could tell you about the filth on TV, in the movies, and the music of contemporary culture. I could give you statics about teen pregnancies, STDs, and drug use. Together, we could sit here and shake our heads as we bemoan how wrong our world has become. We could remember the “good old days” when prayer was in school and abortion wasn’t seen as a choice protected by the Constitution.

That is not what I am going to do. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have heard it all before, and it has had little positive effect. Besides you can follow the news just as well as I can, and you can draw your own conclusions about the world we live in.

We can do very little about the sin that is happening in the world, but we can do something about the sin that plagues our lives. Each one of us has some sort of sin that we need to deal with.

For some of us it the sin of laziness, we find it difficult to give our best effort and to work hard, unless we are really made to do it. Others of us have trouble with gossiping. We justify it because we like being “in the know”, and sharing the knowledge we learned with others. Some of us my have trouble with apathy. The terrible plight of other human beings don’t bother us anymore. Others of us have trouble with our attitudes. We love to whine, complain, and criticize rather than being gracious, thankful, and loving.

Here is the problem we have: We have lived with these sins for so long that we have come to accept them as part of who we are. They are no longer sins, but the little imperfections that make us human. We don’t worry about them or try to change, because, as we rationalize, we are only human.

Whether or not we want to believe it, these little pesky sins affect those around us. Remember no person is an island, and we live our lives with family and friends. This means our attitudes and actions will affect them.

It is essential to remember that these sinful habits, are also roadblocks that hinder us from becoming the people God created us to be.

Many of us don’t struggle with sin the way we should. We allow sin to be a part of our lives, never thinking about the consequences that sin has on our lives and on those around us. We don’t see our sin as vile as it is, and the result is that we allow sin to have a place in our lives. We can recognize the evilness of sin in others, but we ignore the evil of our own sin.

When we refuse to deal with the sin in our lives we disqualify ourselves from helping other people overcome their sin. This doesn’t mean we have to be sin free, but it does mean that we have to own up to our sin, and take steps to remove it from our lives. As we struggle with our own sin, we develop an understanding and sympathy for those around us who are dealing with sin in their lives. This will give us humility and compassion as we reach out to help them. If we don’t struggle, it becomes easy for us to be hypocrites, acting like we don’t have a problem with sin.

What is the log in your eye? We all have at least one sin that hinders us. I challenge you to start taking steps to remove that sin from your life. I urge you to struggle with sin. Don’t allow it to have a comfortable residence in your life.

If you fight against the sin in your life, I am certain that you will grow in your relationship with God. This will enable you to reach out to others in love. The best way to address an evil and sinful world is to first deal with the sin and evil in our lives.

Questions to consider:

  • What sin have I allowed to exist comfortably in my life?
  • Why is it important for us to deal with the “log in our eye” before helping other people with the “speck in their eye”?
  • What can you do to struggle and fight against the sin in your life?
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