"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, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. – Luke 6:41-42While we aren’t called to do “drive-bys” and simply point out others faults, we are called to help others have victory over their faults. This passage in Luke chapter 6 isn’t telling us to ignore the sins of others. Jesus is not promoting tolerance. Rather, He is instructing us to deal with our own sin so God can then effectively use us to help others be freed from their sin. Jesus is calling us to be disciples so that we can then effectively and lovingly disciple others.
James also reminds us that it is important to make others aware of their sinful ways and then to help them overcome through Jesus Christ, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
Let’s never tolerate sin. At the same time, let’s heed the words of Jesus and be very careful how we help others remove their specks of sin. Jesus says to start with yourself so that He can prepare, perfect, and position you to help others.