There is nothing more annoying than having a speck of sand or dust in the eye. I saw a toddler at the beach screaming because of sand in one eye. The mother had to hurry over before he tried to rub it out with a sand encrusted hand! The best way to get rid of that nasty particle is with pure moving water. The eye wash station pictured here would be a good idea at every beach!
Having a plank of wood in the eye is a horribly painful image! Yet, according to our verse for today, we are often guilty of trying to see around something this painful and obvious in our lives. I would not trust the sight of someone so unaware to help me with my speck, no matter how painful and annoying it may be!
The context of this verse does allow helping others with a particular struggle with sin. But the one helping has to have good spiritual eyesight or he is disqualified from helping. The prerequisite to speck removal is pretty specific (Gal. 6:1-4). Only those who are walking by the Spirit should ever attempt it. The one who is pointing out a speck needs to be gentle and humble, and strong enough not to fall into the same temptation. Speck removal involves commitment to an ongoing relationship, helping to carry the other’s load.
Why is it that I can spot the specks in another’s eye so readily? Amazing how I can see around and ignore my own nasty planks! Lord, keep me humble enough to continually check my own eyes before worrying about someone else!