“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
Conviction can be a spiritual battleground. In it, God does battle to set you free by speaking to your heart about the strongholds of your life. Immediately, however, the enemy will retaliate, whispering. That rebuke is not for you, it’s for someone else. This is so you never admit the bondage God wants you to be free of.
Then the enemy takes the next step and gives you another target for the censure. You can probably recall reading a devotion, hearing a message, or finding a poignant passage of Scripture and thinking to yourself. They need to read this, then they would certainly change. In other words, the enemy tempts you to wrongfully assume the role of the Holy Spirit in another’s person’s life. So then, not only has he stopped you from being free, but he also tempts you to the deeper, more treacherous sin of taking God’s place.
Don’t fall for it. Whenever you read something convicting, apply it to your own heart. Let God take the plank out of your eye; then, in love, you can minister to and encourage others.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends