Scripture for Today: Matthew 7:3-4 “Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own?
The black pot can be seen in the reflection of this shiny kettle. The expression about the pot calling the kettle back is an old one, thought to be Spanish in origin and dating back to the 17th century. The most common interpretation is that both the pot and the kettle are blackened by the sooty fire. The pot has no business accusing the kettle when both are in the same predicament. But another meaning is possible. Only the pot is black and sooty from the fire. The kettle, being placed only on the coals, remains bright and shiny. What the pot is really seeing is a refection of itself!
Today’s verse shows us how ludicrous it is to reprimand someone while ignoring the same problem in ourselves and on a much larger scale. It is silly to be overly concerned with a small fault in a fellow believer while unaware of one’s own bigger problem. It is not that these verses discourage helping a brother see a weakness in a spirit of love. But the passage goes on to say how important that self-examination is before the attempt. Otherwise, one is rightly viewed as a hypocrite.
What is so convicting about this is that I am more sensitive to the very faults in others that I myself share. I project on to others the problems with which I myself struggle! What an uncomfortable thought! I am so thankful for the clarity God brings and also His forgiveness!
Search my heart today. Lord.