Luke 6:42, NIV: “How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

If our righteousness is as filthy rags, to what do we compare our sin? If we are like most, we often attempt to compare our sin to the sin of others; sin that we might consider worse than our own. Perhaps, it is easier on our ego to say “God, I thank You that I am not like other men…” rather than saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). Yet, the wages of all sin is death, from the perceived least of sins to those considered greatest. Therefore, we have no business comparing ourselves to any other sinner, nor our sin to any other’s sin. From the ‘white’ lie to adultery, it is all clearly defiant rebellion against God. As we honestly see ourselves, we understand our deep need for God’s grace and mercy. And then, as we are able to look more clearly into the eyes of others, we find a strange connection in our fallen, sinful state; and we are compelled to stop the comparisons, and with a newfound compassion become the extensions of God’s grace needed to encourage and lift one another up. By this we will know the love of Christ is indeed present and working in us.