The Lord Jesus often used hyperbole in His teachings. Exaggeration gives greater understanding to the point that is being made and the question that is today's Title Scripture is arguably one of the most well known examples. We all in hearing and reading that Scripture immediately get a picture in our mind's eye and are convicted.
If I am spending my time looking for specks in the life of another believer that is a sure and truthful indicator that I have logs in my own life! Why is it that we put others down falsely believing that it makes our own lives look better? Because that is one of Satan's arsenal of lies, if he can make us continually look for faults in others, we are rendered useless in the kingdom of God.
I love to inject the truth of Gods Word after exposing a dart of the father of lies!
"Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:4 NASB.
"Therefore you have no excuse everyone of you who passes judgement, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things." Romans 2:1 NASB.
I am so very thankful that I have only one Judge and His name is Jesus! He is the only Judge that any believer should concern themselves with. The times in my life when I have judged another believer, without fail the Lord has revealed to me the same sin in my own life! Sometimes we are blind to our own sins but God in His faithfulness to us reveals them to us so we can repent and be forgiven. Beware the sin of pride, it is the root of all other sin and it will put blinders on our eyes!
The truth is I have my hands full and am kept quite busy monitoring my own walk with the Lord to have time left over to examine others for the specks in their lives! Don't kid yourself judging others is serious business to God, we know that by the sheer number of verses in Scripture that address the subject!
Remember Miriam, Moses sister? She was judging Moses for who he married and complained that the Lord spoke through her too, not just Moses, she also had a huge problem with jealousy. And in the account these words leap off the page; "And the LORD heard it." Next thing you know Miriam was a leper and Moses prayed for her, how ironic and after seven days outside the camp, God healed her of the leprosy because of Moses prayer! You can read all about it in Numbers 12:1-16. God hears every word we say, don't think He doesn't just because we aren't turned into lepers.
Miriam was put away from God's presence for her sin, and today in 2012 we too when we sin and don't confess it and repent from it we too are separated from God! Jesus blood shed on the cross paid our sin debt in full, praise God!!! But we are to confess our sins to the Lord and receive His forgiveness to maintain our relationship with Him!! (See 1 John 1:9.) "Behold, the LORD's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." Isaiah 59:1-2 NASB.
"How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit!" Psalm 32:1-2 NASB.