Imagine trying to remove a little speck out of someones eye with a big chunk of wood in your own eye. Oh my, somebody is going to get hurt. The one trying to remove the speck is blinder and more incapable than the one with the speck. We need to make sure before we move forward in judgement to “help someone with their problem that we think we see” that we don’t have a bigger problem staring us right in the face that we are completely ignoring. If we want to be effective in ministering help to others, first we need to take care of our own issues.
“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? How 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? You 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.” (Matt. 7:3)