Bill O’Reilly really makes me mad because he interrupts so much. I get so frustrated with people that constantly interrupt – people like me. The things things that bug me most in other people tend to be the things I don’t like about myself. You too? Perhaps that’s because our own struggles make us more sensitive to these same faults in others. Plus, it is way more fun to correct those faults in others than to address them in ourselves, right? It’s human nature. That’s why Jesus said:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
Jesus didn’t say we should pretend not to see our brother’s faults. He told us how to prepare so we are able to help “remove the speck from our brother’s eye.” Such help begins with an honest assessment of our own similar faults. “Seeing clearly” includes humility and compassion, attitudes that flow from honesty about our own struggles. Most people resent criticism from on high but respond well to someone who comes alongside with understanding and encouragement.