Updated: May 17, 2022
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are no greater than their masters. But the student who is fully trained will become like them.
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 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.
This is something I’m sure we have all done called out the faults of others while being oblivious to our own. Or perhaps thinking we know more then we do, trying to give advice on something we don’t know about such as relationship, parenting, stress of work/ school.
Jesus is simply saying get yourself sorted before you can help others otherwise you are being a hypocrite by ignoring your own faults and pointing out those of others. I love the language Jesus uses here this realistic exaggeration that helps us to see the ridiculousness of the helpful friend with a log in his eye trying to point out a speck in his friends eye.
We all want to help people out where we can and this usually comes out of a good heart but often, we can do more damage if we haven’t delt with our own log in our eye.
Jesus wants us to be better equipped to lovingly, carefully and unhypocritically help others.