Quick to Perceive Blemishes and Faults in Others

“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?” Matthew 7:3

It is strange how oblivious we can be to our own faults and blemishes–and how clearly we can see those of other people! One old writer says: “Men are more apt to use a magnifying glass to behold other men’s faults–than a mirror to behold their own!” A man can see a little speck of dust in his neighbor’s eye–while utterly unaware of the great plank in his own eye! He observes the most minute fault in his brother–while unconscious of his own far greater faults!

We would say that a plank in a man’s eye would so blind him–that he could not see the speck in another’s eye. As our Lord represents it, however, the man with the plank, is the very one who sees the speck and thinks himself competent to remove it!

So it is in morals. No man is so sharp at seeing a fault in another–as he who has the same or a similar fault of his own! A vain man–is the first to detect the indications of vanity in another. A bad-tempered person–is most apt to be censorious toward a neighbor who displays bad temper. One with a sharp uncontrolled tongue–has the least patience with another whose speech is full of poisoned arrows. A selfish man–discovers even specks of selfishness in others. Rude people–are the very first to be hurt and offended by the rudeness of a neighbor.

So it is always. If we are quick to perceive blemishes and faults in others–the probability is, that we have far greater blemishes and faults in ourselves! This truth ought to make us exceedingly careful in our judgments, and exceedingly modest in our expressions of censure–for we really are telling the world our own faults! It is wiser, as well as more in accordance with the spirit of Christ–for us to find lovely things in others, and to be silent regarding their faults.

J. R. Miller (1840 – 1912)

HT: Grace Gems

The Journey of a New Year

This is the first of a new year. We are setting out on a journey of which we can have no knowledge in advance. The road is one on which we never have gone heretofore. We know not what any day will have for us, what our duties will be, what burdens shall be laid upon us, what sorrows we shall have to endure, what battles we shall have to fight. We cannot see one step before us. How can we know the way? As we sit in the quiet, this first evening, and ask the question, we hear an answer which is full of comfort, Jesus says to us, “I am the way.” All we shall have to do, therefore, will be to stay with Christ. He has made a way through the world for us. He has gone over all the journey and opened a road for us at great cost. He went over the way himself —we shall find his shoe-prints at every step. He has a definite way for each one of us. “Every mile of the journey he has chosen, and every place where I pitch my tent he has selected for me.

J. R. Miller (1840 – 1912)