Wednesday, Jan 13 2021
Sawing away at the log in our eye
Author: Wong King Wai
Matt 7: 3-5 – 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or 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? 5 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.
Have you ever tried touching the tip of your right-hand’s index finger with the tip of your left-hand’s index finger with one eye closed? Try it. Step 1: Close one eye and look off into the distance. Step 2: Raise both arms, outstretched in front of you (like those Chinese zombies). Step 3: Point each hand’s index finger at each other like a gun but still looking into the distance with your one open eye. Step 4: With your arms still outstretched, bring hands together and try to touch the tips of your index fingers.
Missed, right? If you try again, with a bit of practice, you will probably be able to touch the tips of your index fingers.
During your first attempt, where you missed, you will realise having both eyes in good working condition is important because if one eye is damaged, simple tasks like pouring hot water into a cup or cutting a tomato can be dangerous.
The standard teaching from reading Matt 7: 3-5 is about Jesus instructing us to stop being hypocrites. Simply put: Check yourself first before you pass judgement or condemnation on others. And the solution is simple: Remove the “log” from your eye. But we both know that that is easier said than done.
A log is no small thing. A log is not a branch or a sapling. It is a fully grown and mature tree that is felled. The “log” symbolises an internal blockage of sight that we may have issues, that is clouding our judgement, that we are not aware of. This could lead us to discredit our Lord and turn people away from Christianity.
Thankfully, we have a God who is also our Good Shepherd, who guides us and helps us cut off pieces of that log off as we daily commune with Him and spend time learning from others who walk closely with God. The more aware that we may be blinded to our own prejudice, sinful behaviour and other struggles, and make a focussed attempt to rid ourselves of them, the more humble we may become to understand the plight of others.
Let us always bring our thoughts and biases before God and ask him to help us clear up our sight daily. And as God helps cut off pieces of the log in our eye, we will be able to see clearly more and more each day. Also, consider seeking help from mature brothers and sisters in Christ who have the skills and abilities to help you see clearly, especially if you have deep stress, trauma or depression. Remember that you are never alone.
PRAYER: My Father, please forgive me for my transgressions and for my blindness. Help me to seek help, guide me to whom I should speak to, and help me articulate what the log in my eye is. I need Your help Lord, for I have no other course of action and only You have the truth that will set me free. Help me to be humble and aware of what the log in my eye is so that I can have it cut down more and more each day and be able to see clearly. And also help me to stop being judgemental and condemning of others but instead be filled with Your great love and grace for others as we journey together in our walk with You. I pray this in Jesus’s name. AMEN.
马太福音7:3-5一致的教导是关于耶稣训喻我们不要再做伪君子。简单地说：在对别人作出判断或谴责之前，先审视自己。解决办法很简单：把您眼中的 “梁木” 去掉。但我们都知道，这可是说时容易做时难。
梁木可不是一个小物件。梁木不是树枝或者树苗；它是一棵已经被砍下的完全长成的树干。 “梁木” 表征着一种内在的视线障碍，这障碍会招致一些问题，影响我们的判断，是我们并不察觉的。这可导致我们羞辱主，并使人远离基督教。