“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-6
It is true, we all have our issues that we need to work through to truly become one with God. Sin is what separates us from God. Through this separation we are more susceptible to falling trap to the lies of the wicked one. One way to stay in the “light” is through daily reading and meditation of God’s Word. We are not just to read the bible, but to live it. Once we are in a deep relationship with our Creator our eyes will be opened to our “planks”. Once we have identified them, we must rely on God to help us rid them from our lives. We cannot rely on our own strength as we will ultimately fail. No matter how impossible our “planks” may seem, we “can do anything through him who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13
Once we have removed our own “planks” we can aid our brothers and sisters in removing the “specks” in their relationship. Our relationship with God is in perpetual motion. We are either moving closer to Him or further away, our relationship is never idle. When a brother is moving further away from Christ it is our duty to help him. This may entail pointing some things out to him … which is not to be confused with judging. There is strength in numbers and we should want someone to hold us accountable and to lift us up when we fall:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
When things look bleak . . . lean on HIM! You will not be disappointed.