We have an incredibly positive opinion of our own ideas. We are emotionally committed to our own thoughts and actions so much so that it is difficult to listen or understand a different perspective. Christ realized that.
41 "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
42 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye. (Luke 6:41-42)
This parable matches what Paul taught in Philippians chapter 2. Paul told believers that they should imitate Jesus Christ and count other believers more important than themselves. Part of doing that was not only to pay attention to our own particular things which are important to us, but to also to take seriously the things of others and treat them as of equal importance or even more importance. Another way of saying this is to take the log out of our own eye, so we can take the speck out of our brother’s eye. Our logs keep us from seeing the other’s specks.
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