Wednesday, January 13, 2010

daily text 1/13

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
"Why, then, do you look at the straw in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the rafter in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:3)

A person inclined to criticize another individual takes note of a minor defect in his brother’s “eye.” Though the fault is minor—like a bit of straw—the critic offers to “extract the straw.” (Matthew 7:4) He hypocritically volunteers to help the brother see things more clearly. Especially were the Jewish religious leaders highly critical of others. Jesus therefore exclaimed: “Hypocrite! First extract the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to extract the straw from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5; Luke 6:42) If we are determined to do good and treat others well, we will not be harsh critics, always looking for a figurative straw in our brother’s eye. Instead, we will acknowledge that we are imperfect and should therefore avoid being judgmental and critical of our fellow believers.
(Watchtower issue: 05/15/08, 2:15, 16)