Speckology and Plankitis
Read: Matthew 7:1 – 5
Remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:5
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According to Jesus, it’s a bad idea to major in “speckology” while suffering from “plankitis.” During His sermon on the Mount, our Lord said, “Why do you look at the speck in your eye brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” (Matt. 7:3).
If speckology were listed in a university catalog, the course description might read: “The identifying and criticizing of small shortcoming in the lives of everyone around you. Very popular course; fills early.”
Should plankitis apper in a medical dictionary, it might be identified this way: “A disease that distorts self-perception and renders an individual incapable of recognizing personal faults. Occurs worldwide.”
According to our Lord, the solution is to “remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”(v.5)
It doesn’t take a carpenter or an ophthalmologist to understand this metaphor of Jesus. We’ve all enrolled in the course while suffering from the disease. But today, if we would shift our focus from the specks we see in others to be planks in our own eyes, what a difference it would make for us all! – David McCasland
The faults I see in others lives
Are often true of me;
So help me, Lord, to recognize
My own hypocrisy. – Sper
Be quick to judge yourself but slow to judge others.