Greg Laurie had what I thought was an interesting twist on this passage.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. ~Matthew 7:3-5
Isn’t it interesting that the speck of sawdust and the plank are made of the same material? Wood. It’s all wood. Perhaps the reason we can spot sin so easily in someone else’s life is because we are so familiar with it in ourselves. When there is a particular sin which someone rails on, is it because that is the area where they themselves struggle?
I’ve always suspected that was true, but I had never connected the speck and the plank in that way. Maybe I need to look more closely at the things that really irritate me and examine my own life.