Subject: January 26th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew 7.3.

In the preceding verses (vv.1, 2), the Lord warns us not to judge but instead exhorts us to be merciful. Here He tells us how improper it is to judge. There is no question about the beam in one’s own eye, for if he sees the mote in the other’s eye it is certain that he has a beam in his own eye. And why? Because to be able to see the mote, which is so tiny, in your brother’s eye proves that you must be an expert in this respect. Because you have had experience in such sin, you can most easily recognize it. As an old Chinese adage goes: To catch a robber, use an ex-convict. Due to the multitude of one’s own sins, a person tends to be more critical of his brother’s fault.

The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee

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