Kid’s Devotionals On Parables – Don’t Judge A Speck

Jesus told a parable (story) about not judging others using the example of a speck and a log. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:1-5)

One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of judging others when your own life could be judged.

Ask the children…

What problem was Jesus addressing and how did he explain it?

“‘And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[c] when you have a log in your own?'” (Matthew 7:3)

People are quick to make judgements about others especially when they may struggle with the same thing in a bigger way.

How can a log in our own eye keep us from judging appropriateley?

“‘How can you think of saying to your friend,[d] ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?'” (Matthew 7:4)

The giant log in our own eye can blind us from seeing the speck in someone else’s eye clearly.  What do we need to do before we think about judging others?

“‘Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.'”  (Matthew 7:5)

When we struggle with a particular sin we are often very sensitive to that sin in others. For example, if I am prideful, I might be quick to point out pride in others.

Ask your children if they have any logs in their eyes?  Do they judge the speck of others in this area?  Have them draw a log on a piece of paper and write their sin on this log and then claim the blood of Jesus over this sin and crumple it up and throw it away.

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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