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Matthew 7:5-6 (NET)
You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.

After struggling with lust in his heart for several weeks, Martins knew that this was a spec in his eye that was hindering his spiritual vision and walk with the Lord. He prayed about this, but after seeing that he could not handle the situation alone, he called another Christian brother to whom he was accountable and discussed the matter. This was how the hold of the lust in his heart broke.

There is something about opening up such matters to your Christian brother or sister, one of the first ways to heal a decaying wound is by opening it up.

The Bible says we should confess our faults one to another, that we may be healed (see James 5:16).

Have you ever tried to remove a spec from someone’s eye? This has to be with his consent or even request. It requires some painstaking and skilled blowing and blowing of air into the eyes until the spec is blown away.

If you notice a spec in your own eye, sometimes, with patience, you alone with a mirror (signifying God’s word) would be able to carefully remove the spec, but sometimes, you may need to invite a friend to help you blow it out.

If you have ever successfully removed a spec from your own eyes, it would be easier for you to help someone else not as experienced (say a child) remove the spec from his eye.

In removing the spec from someone’s eye, it would require the cooperation of that person or that task would be futile. Such cooperation can only come from a Christian brother who cares about the Lord and desires to walk more accurately and perfectly.

It is a very Holy and precious thing to remove specs from the eyes of brethren, but this ministry can never be fulfilled by hypocrites.

Go into today remembering to examine yourself regularly to see if there is any spec growing in your eye that needs to be removed. Pray with Psalm 139:23-24.

—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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