Several years ago I was counseling a young woman. She had issues from her past and I persuaded her to work on them. I also told her the importance of reading her Bible every day and to pray. All of this sounds like good advice and it’s something we all should be doing as Christians, but the problem was that I was not really doing these things on a regular basis.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:3-4, “How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘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 in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye” (NLT).
I’ve read these Scripture verses several times in the past and I always took it to mean that we shouldn’t point out faults in others because we have our own faults, but I think it really means that we need to be working on our own relationship with God before we can give godly advice to others (“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”). I was being a hypocrite for telling that young woman to read her Bible and to pray when I was not in the habit of reading or praying, myself.
I am now on the “road to recovery”— recovering my relationship with God, and recovering who I am in Christ.
How is your relationship with God? When was the last time you read the Bible on your own or prayed by yourself? If you haven’t been doing these things regularly then now is the time to start. We can’t be of any help to others until we allow God to help us in becoming the person He wants us to be.