If Your Brother Sins… EGP Blog post from August 31, 2012

Matthew 7:4–5 (NASB)

[4] “Or how can° you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is 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.

Matthew 7:4 Lit will

I believe this is one of the most half-quoted and misused Scriptures as of late…by both believers and non-believers. Now, I realize that just a couple verses back in verse 1 Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” and in John 8:7 He said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone…”, but people have turned “don’t cast judgment” into, “YOU can’t say ANYTHING about ME until YOU are PERFECT.” Well, if that’s the case, then NONE of us can say ANYTHING to ANYONE this side of Glory!

Jesus warns in Matthew 7:2, “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” The plankeye passage isn’t about refraining from confronting someone about their sin, it’s about checking yourself for similar sin before calling someone else out, otherwise you will be called out even worse for your hypocrisy.

There is One Judge, let Him judge…but, “if your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private,” … “speaking the truth in love.”

Key verses

James 4:12; Matthew 18:15–17; Ephesians 4:15; Proverbs 27:17