Matthew 7:3-5 KJV
“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
It doesn’t matter what we call it: the moat, beam, plank….it all means that there is a pain in your eye so you might want to see to that (no pun intended) before you think about wanting to ‘cure’ someone else’s eye-sore.
Someone who knows that he himself is guilty of an offense would not judge another of the same offense. This is logic as well as truth. If he does judge, then he will be accused of being a hypocrite.
However, there are many people who judge others of numerous offences of which they themselves are guilty of, and more. This is hypocritical and self-righteous behavior.
Perhaps also, they judge because they think that their sins are hidden and no one would think to accuse them of such. If so, this is still hypocritical behavior because this is a spiritual state of the heart.
For example, we read of certain political figures accusing their rivals of a trespass, imagined or not. Then the reveal breaks out in that the accuser is guilty of the same offence. How self-righteously they point fingers at others when they should have cared about their own mess instead.
This is a real story. A young man came and started to bewail the ‘loose and s******h’ (his words) behavior of his wife. He ranted that she was flirting with men ‘all over town’ (again his words). He made his wife to be quite the woman of questionable reputation. Anyone who heard him would be hard pressed to doubt him.
But when a concerned friend of both, having good intentions, asked the wife if the man’s accusation was true, she denied it. The wife didn’t want to reveal such personal matters to even a friend, but she needed help. So she talked. Turns out that she did smile at a man who wasn’t her husband and her husband saw it. He was jealous and instantly suspicious. The other man was the couple’s friend, more his than hers.
It also turns out that the reason for his instant suspicion was because he had a secret girlfriend. That’s right. He had a girlfriend. His infidelity made him think that his wife also had a boyfriend. That’s messed-up logic for you, or paranoia. Mostly, I think pent-up guilty played a major part. Either way, he started to doubt his wife.
So the husband was angry and started to accuse his wife of having an affair. He went a step further and accuse her of having affairs with other men, lots of men. Quite conveniently, his own real affair was neatly buried under all the imagined ‘affairs’ of his wife.
When confronted with the truth by family members, he tried to deny it. That is, until someone used the word ‘hypocrite’ and spoke of evidence to his infidelity, at which he self-righteously came out with excuses. Nobody bought his lies. The beam was so big it poked out of his eye.
Needless to say, his marriage is now on the rocks. The wife is a patient and forgiving sort though, so there’s that.
This post is about the plank or beam in the eye. It is about resolving your own issues first before you can start to resolve others’. It is also about “judge not, and you will not be judged.” Also, if you err, it is best to repent and ask for forgiveness because this is the only way to remove the mote out of your eye.
In short, do not be a hypocrite.
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