Jesus spoke this profound truth (as He usually did) that empowers us in our dealings with both life and reality around us. Jesus said, “…first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you’ll see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:3-5). The word “first” indicates priority and correct sequence in our dealing with people around us. Jesus was basically saying that the only one way to ensure correct sight (analysis) of life around us is not in trying too hard to scrutinize the details of what we think we are seeing. But it is in ensuring that the place from which we are looking or the “instrument” through which we are looking is in fact purified. If there are issues in the heart, then we are bound to see reality around us (including people) incorrectly. Matt. 7:3-5 can basically be summed up in this statement, that which you look through is more important than what you’re looking at. Therefore, if we spend enough time fixing the inner filters (our heart) through which we look at reality around us, most of what we consider to be problems with others will simply fall away. And so sometimes what we think we are seeing in others is only a reflection of who we really are. In the previous chapter, Jesus had made another powerful statement . He said, “the eye (your heart) is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt 6:22-23). Let us be encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit to fix the condition of our heart and psychology, to deal with inner vulnerabilities that tend to cloud our perception of reality around us.