“Then You Will See Clearly”
Jesus teaches that it is possible for followers of him to get to a point of genuine spiritual maturity, a maturity marked by a determined willingness to become aware of so as to get rid of their own blatant sin, hypocrisy, and self-deception, so that they can legitimately approach a sister or brother with the goal of helping them to deal with some sin that he or she is facing.
O God, keep us from trying to approach someone else to “help” them with their sin when we have not yet faced up to ours.
O God, if we cannot approach a sister or brother with genuine love and grace and with great humility, cause us to keep our “help” to ourselves.
O God, if we can truly see our way clear to try to help someone else, give us the courageous love required to do so.
And O God, if we are the ones with a speck in our eye and if we get a real offer of real help from a real friend, give us the courageous grace to accept it.
“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.” (Matthew 7:5)