Sunday, January 14, 2024

Note To Self: Check For Logs | A Lesson in Self-Reflection


By: Paula Short

In Matthew 7:3-5, Jesus presents a powerful metaphor that challenges us to examine our own hearts and actions. These verses remind us of the importance of self-reflection, humility, and personal growth in our Christian journey. Let’s look into the meaning behind these verses and explore their application in our lives today. 

Matthew 7:3-5 states, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye!” (NASB) 

This passage serves as a cautionary reminder for believers not to be quick to judge or criticize others while neglecting our own faults. Jesus uses vivid imagery of a small speck versus a large log to emphasize how easily we can overlook our own shortcomings while focusing on those of others. 

What does it mean for us? 

I was reading Matthew 7 about two weeks ago and verses 3-5 jumped out at me in such a way it was almost startling. Why? Well, I like to think I’m not quick to judge, but am I? These verses are telling me to think and examine myself before I speak. Most of us are not free from imposing judgement on others.  

The message behind these verses is clear - before we try to correct or help others with their faults or sins, we must first examine ourselves honestly. It calls us to confront our prideful tendencies and acknowledge that we too are imperfect beings in need of God's grace. I need this. How absolute is that? For me— very. I’d like to intentionally practice this, will I get it right every time? Probably not, but the more I pause and examine myself I believe in time it will become second nature. 


1. Self-reflection: Take time regularly for introspection and identify areas where personal growth is needed. 

2. Humility: Approach situations with humility rather than judgment, seeking understanding instead. 

3. Genuine empathy: Cultivate empathy towards others by recognizing that they too have their struggles. 

All In All 

Matthew 7:3-5 serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of self-awareness, humility, and empathy in our Christian walk. By focusing on our own growth and addressing our own faults first, we can better serve others and strengthen our relationship with God. May we place importance of self-reflection, humility, and personal growth and show a little grace along the way. 

What Do You Think? 

1. How do you personally struggle with judging others? 

2. In what ways can you practice self-reflection and humility in your daily life? 

3. Share an example of a time when you realized the need to address your own faults before helping others. 


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