Plank Removal- Wood plank being transported by a man working in overalls

Plank Removal

Plank Removal

Matthew 7:1-5…
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

We can make a bad situation worse by exercising plank removal- or passing judgement. Just as we can be released, we need to be careful to not judge others.

When we judge others we show that we do not really understand the heart of God. It is destructive when we go around purposely finding fault in our brothers and sisters.

To be able to pass any kind of judgement we need to have knowledgeable facts. We cannot make a right judgement otherwise.

The judgmental spirit is the one that is constantly looking at what is wrong with others. It is Jesus alone that has the right to judge. Only He has the pure heart to perform this task. God does not only judge actions; He judges the heart.

It is easy for us to find fault in people, but that is not what we are called to do. If we live our lives as fault-finders we will miss the very thing that Jesus says. Plank removal of others is not God’s calling in any of our lives.

Once we remove our own plank, we are able to view as God sees in others- just a speck. We are then able to see the person, that is in need of Jesus Christ.