“Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.”
Jesus asked a question in verse 41, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Jesus understood the nature of humans was to pick at others about their weakness. His question was answered with another question that actually made a statement as to the hypocrisy of sitting in judgment of another. Jesus asked how a person could pull a “mote” out of another’s eye when they have a beam in their own eye. In other words, you can help others when you have your own problems that are keeping you from seeing clearly.
One of the greatest problems that plague churches in every generation are believers who sit in judgment of fellow believers, and this problem is caused by a self-focused believer. The eye problems that many see in others is because they are focused on themselves, and their self-focus is what causes them to be critical of others. Several lessons are taught in this verse that can help you from being critical of others.
First, you have your own problems. Why is it that you always see problems in others but can’t see your own problems? Why is it that you have the answers for others but you can see that you need some answers for yourself. My friend, you have your own problems you need to deal with before you start criticizing others. Until you deal with your problems, you will never be able to help others with theirs.
Second, the reason you see the problems in others is because it is a mirror of the problems you know that you have, only your problems are much bigger. It is interesting that the person was concerned about the “mote” when they had a “beam” in their own eye. Both the mote and the beam are a piece of wood; the difference is in the size of the wood. The mote is a splinter, whereas the beam is a large piece of wood. The problem you see in others is often a microcosm of your own issues. Instead of criticizing others for the same problem you have, you would be wise to settle the issues you have before you try to deal with others.
Third, you will never be able to help others until you deal with your own issues. There is no way to tell someone how to get the mote out of their eye until you remove the beam from your own. You can’t help others when you have the same problems that they have, but you WILL know how to help them IF you remove the beam out of your own eye.
Let me ask you; what problem do you have with others? Could it be that the problem you have with others is the very same problem you know that you have and have refused to deal with? You will never be a help to others as long as you sit in judgment of their problem. The only reason you are being critical is because you are trying to cover up the beam in your eye. My friend, the critical tongue only magnifies the problems of the critic. It’s better to deal with your own problems so you can help others. You will find that you will continue to be critical of others until you deal with your own issues; however, you will find when you deal with your issues that you will have compassion instead of criticism for others.