This week we study Jesus’ teaching about the plank and the speck from Matthew 7:1-6. Jesus says, “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from someone else’s eye.” Jesus knew that we’re quick to see the problems, faults, shortcomings, and screw-ups in other people, yet we’re slow to see them in our own life.

When we are led by judgment and condemnation, when we place another as the scapegoat for our own issues, we miss an opportunity to walk alongside and with God. We miss out on what God has placed in our lives to give us purpose and responsibility; we miss out on what it is to live in the kingdom of God.

Jesus shows us and challenges us to practice new rhythms and take on new responsibilities so that we can walk deeply with Him and with our community. Join us as we learn possibly the greatest relational prayer we can pray.


  • I will stop judging the behavior of others and trust that to God.
  • I will not hold other Christians to my standard of right and wrong when it’s not supported in Scripture.
  • I will guard myself from becoming legalistic in my assessment of others.
  • I will obey Jesus’ command and take the plank out of my eye.
  • I will focus on the plank in my eye, not the speck in someone else’s.
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