7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will
be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is 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 brother’s eye.
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your
pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
I often hear people saying we are not to judge, or "don't judge me." They are miss appling this verse.
We are to confront a brother in his sins, but we need to have our own life straightened out Don't judge when you are doinag the same thing. The Lutheran Study Bible states: "Jesus is not referring to a decision rendered by a human judge,
nor does He mean that Christians should never confront others with God’s Law. He refers to the condemnation of a fellow believer by one who has not first practiced proper self-examination (cf Rm 2:1; 14:10). According to Augustine, when we do not know
the intentions behind a person’s actions, “We are to put the better construction on them” (NPNF 1 6:54). LSB further states: "One of the most difficult tasks for a Christian is to speak to a fellow believer about some personal fault
(cf 18:15). This is especially difficult within a family or a congregation. Jesus sets forth a basic rule that needs to be observed: first, practice self-examination. If you do not realize your own sins and faults, you cannot offer admonition to a fellow Christian.
One who assumes the task of taking the speck out of his brother’s eye must do so with sincere love, deep humility, and the prayer “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (6:12)."
I pray: Lord Jesus, help me see the log in my own eye before I seek to take the speck from another’s eye. Amen.