The Mote and the Beam

Many of Christ Jesus' parables are notable for their directness. With precision, and brevity likewise, he conveyed to those who would hear, spiritual truth so potent that were it heeded it would become the means of salvation for all, of freedom from material bondage, even the way to eternal Life.

One of these precious lessons is conveyed in the parable of the mote and the beam, a part of the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew's Gospel. In a few brief paragraphs, the Master set before his followers for all time the hypocrisy of rash judgment, the type of thought which would detect and expose another's fault, while holding to the same, or some other mental condition, perhaps even more reprehensible. "Thou hypocrite," he exclaimed, "first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." The implication is plain that in order to be justified in exposing another's fault, that in uncovering error in another, one must first free himself from similar error. Freed from error, one is in a better moral position to assist his brother.

Obedience to Authority
February 20, 1926

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