Jesus asked, “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?” (Matthew 7: 3 niv).
I can get great satisfaction from fixing or repairing something around the house. Taking something that was not operating correctly and ready for the bin and restoring it to working order always feels good.
This verse remind me that Christians can sometimes feel the need to try and fix those people around us who we think are broken. While our motives may be good, we can start to interfere and meddle in people's lives under the guise of loving them, passing judgement on what we see wrong in their life and casting a critical eye on their behaviour. No wonder sometimes people don't have a good opinion about Christians.
The job of fixing someone is for the Holy Spirit and Him alone. Just because we disagree with what we see in another person's actions does not mean we have the right to invade and try to control that individual’s life. Our first goal should be to love them, to make them feel safe and secure in your presence and not feel judged. Helping someone take some ownership of the issue with which they are struggling while continually pointing them to Jesus and his word will do more to get them on the right path than negatively judging their actions.
Jesus reminds us that we have to first deal with our own issues before we point fingers at others.He showed love and acceptance to those he met on his travels, saving his harshest words for the hypocrisy he encountered. As Christ followers, let's show love and grace and point people to the One who can fix anything.