Something to do before helping others 

New Testament: Luke 6.41–42

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 6.27–49 on March 29, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

We observe a problem in our brother, and we believe that we know how he can fix that problem. However, we cannot be blind to our own faults, especially if we have greater faults than our brother. Therefore, Jesus taught: 

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

– Luke 6.41–42 

Jesus does not forbid us from helping our brother; it is just that we cannot be hypocrites about it. Yes, help your brother, but take care of your problem that is greater than his first. 

Nor is Jesus teaching us that we can go on ignoring our brother and that we can use an excuse of waiting until we fix our problems (that we also ignore). 

Remove the problem out of your life and then help your brother, because you are your brother’s keeper! 


  • Are you actively working on removing the plank out of your eye? 
  • How do you react when someone corrects you? 

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