Read: Matthew 7:1-5
Some people have a knack of easily finding fault in everyone. Jesus does not want us to judge others, or we would be judged. No one is perfect in God’s eyes. Only if we humbly acknowledge our shortcomings, He would accept us. If we have a judgemental attitude towards others, God will judge us in the same manner.
When God asked Adam if he had eaten the forbidden fruit, Adam blamed his wife Eve for giving him (Gen. 3:11). Adam failed to examine himself. God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat that fruit. But he chose to eat, disobeying God’s command. It was his fault, but he blamed his wife. He did not seek forgiveness from God. We might not be murderers or thieves, yet if we hold an unforgiving attitude towards our brother or sister, we are equally sinful before God. Jesus said, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” (Matt. 7:4). We need to examine ourselves before pointing our finger at others.
Jesus wants us to be holy as He is holy, but not someone proclaiming to be self-righteous. When King David cried out to God, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7). David realised that he was a sinner and acknowledged his sins. We need to search our own hearts first, before we try to preach to others. We need to acknowledge our sins to God and seek His forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).