What Jesus Did! 'Blind to Our Faults' — Luke 6:41-42

Saturday, April 15, 2023

[Jesus returned to his teaching on our interactions with others:] "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."
— Luke 6:41-42 NLT

Key Thought

The problem with sin and the lack of forgiving spirits, coupled with our inconsistency, questionable motives, and unjustly unkind criticism is not someone else's problem. We must look inwardly at ourselves. We must look critically at ourselves. We must look correctively at ourselves. God holds us responsible for our actions and motives. [1] Jesus wants us to see that our first job is to deal with our own problems, sins, weaknesses, mistakes, inconsistencies, wrong motives, etc. Only after I've begun to address these problems in my own life can I begin to help others address the sin in their lives — and even then, I must approach them with humility, love, and grace, knowing that I'm a sinner saved by grace.

[1] Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Today's Prayer

O God, my heavenly Father, please forgive me for my sins. I know that I fall short of what you want me to be and what I want to be. Please help me never to use someone else's weaknesses or stumbling as an excuse for my shortcomings. In addition, Father, please open my eyes so that I never avoid my own shortcomings by pointing to the deficiencies of another. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:3
  • Romans 14:4
  • Galatians 6:1-5

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Illustration of Luke 6:41-42 NLT — "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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