Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5 NLT)
A lot of the people who quote this to others would do well to quote it less and ponder it more. It’s more than a little ironic to lecture other people on their moralism when you can’t see your own self-righteous, hypercritical attitude. The passage is about humility and gentleness when we address the brokenness of others. A testimony about how you wrestle with and overcome your own brokenness goes a lot farther with someone than a lecture about how messed up they are. The Holy Spirit does a much better job of applying the Scripture to someone’s heart than the Holier Than Thou Spirit.