Daily Dose, March 30 — Going Deeper

“Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)

First things first, deal with your house before you go tell someone how to clean their house. Be honest about who you are, what you struggle with and the ways you fall short. Be honest, be humble.

THEN you are in a much better position to help another person. You are better able to help for several reasons. Your heart is in a different place. You are coming from love, mercy, and grace NOT judgement. You want to help your fellow sojourner.

When you have taken the time to be honest with yourself, you see that you have imperfections and that you fall short sometimes. Then you are less likely to be filled with pride and arrogance. You are much more likely to be coming from a place of compassion, empathy, grace love and mercy.

When coming from love, then you are not looking down your nose at someone with a heart fueled by judgement and condemnation. You see yourself and others as fellow sojourners, along the narrow path seeking a grow in grace together for the glory of God.

When we are in that place when the log is removed, and we can get close enough to remove the speck in our brother or sister’s eye. Then we can walk along together, helping one another and making a difference in our world. -- Rev. Terri Henkel