“You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 Amplified
We’re studying how to be like Jesus here on earth. Since we know that He is fully God and fully human, we’re looking at His humanity. There are two things you can count on that humans do, judge others and resent judgment. One of the problems with judging is that we’re comparing ourselves to other human beings because we can usually find others who we consider much lower on the scale than we are. They’ve done, or are doing, worse things in their life than we do, or have done. On the other hand if you try to correct someone in the error of their ways they throw this verse up at you or the first verse in this chapter, “Do not judge so that you may not be judged and condemn yourself.” However verse five, our verse today, clears that up, if we judge our self first by getting the beam of timber out of our own eye. Instead of comparing ourselves to others though, believers should be comparing themselves to Jesus as the perfect example of a human. When we do that we realize we can never measure up and we don’t have to. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our substitute for our sinful self, He can work in us to make us perfect and He removes the timber from our eye. This is a continual inspection process and we must make sure before we confront someone else about what’s in their life that we’re in good standing with the Lord.
Ultimately God is the final judge anyway, because He sees the heart. We should be trying to get the particle out of our brothers eye because we are trying to help them before they stand in God’s judgment, not to condemn them. Sadly, it’s often like trying to remove a splinter from the skin of a squirmy child or pet who may be thinking we are trying to harm them, they resist the procedure.
Finally, verse six tells us not to give that which is holy to dogs and not to throw your pearls before swine. Those who are lost and wandering around blindly, who do not want help and will lash out at you when you try, we must eventually stop. If we continue they’ll trample the gospel and tear you in pieces, so we must love them and pray for them, but then turn them over to the Lord altogether.