Jesus said, “Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”
– Matthew 7:3
A good maxim to live by! Maybe we should print this verse and put it where we can see it every day!
When we think we’ve spotted a defect in others, rather than focus on that possible defect we should use the opportunity to look at ourselves. We need to stop, often, and look inwardly. How do others see us? Most importantly, how does God see us and what does He, who sees everything, see in us that does not please Him?
But we must beware, for if we see nothing wrong with ourselves, then we really do have a big problem.
“Strive to acquire the virtues you think your brothers lack, and then you will no longer see their defects, because you yourselves will not have them.” – St. Augustine
“To criticize, to destroy, is not difficult; any unskilled labourer knows how to drive his pick into the noble and finely-hewn stone of a cathedral. To construct: that is what requires the skill of a master.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
O Lord, stop me from judging others.
Rather, make me look at myself
and help me see myself as I truly am.
Stop me from preferring not to look
or from seeking to justify all that I may see in myself that is not right.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Ps. 139:23, 24)