This chapter is filled with nuggets of truth that the Lord has given to us to use and to follow in our everyday lives. For me, what stood out the most in this chapter was seeing how I should not be judging others.
How can I easily see faults in others and eagerly point out their wrong doings when I don’t see my own faults or admit that I have them. In truth, I should be open and honest to looking inwardly at myself in this same manner that I judge others. In simple terms, when did I become judge and jury? In verse 5 we see how Jesus rebukes hypocrisy when he says “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.” From this verse we see how we need to be willing to hold ourselves accountable to the same judgment we put on others. Ouch! These are strong and powerful words. Am I without sin -- not by a long shot! I fall short day in and day out. This chapter was a good reminder that we cannot pass judgment on others, unless we are without sin. My take away is that the standards or rules that I put on others should be the same for me. I see this truth exemplified in my parenting. I need to ask myself, “How can I set a standard for my child that I am not willing to follow?” To me it can easily be summed up with the old adage that says, “Treat others how you want to be treated.”