If integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and uprightness, we are called to look at ourselves with the same eye as we do others. Many of us find it easier to see the fault in others and are adept at ignoring it in ourselves. This judgmental behavior breeds a separateness and superiority between us rather than fostering an understanding of our common humanity and humanness.
When I focus on others’ behavior and not my own, l’m fundamentally looking away from my guilt, my fault, my darkness. I’m effectively drugging myself, dulling the pain of real self-consciousness. In the process, I turn myself into God, pretending to be absolute, flawless, and impervious to criticism.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?Luke 6:39-42
Thank you Lord for helping me remove the wooden beam from my eye first, allowing me to see clearly to remove the splinter from my brother’s eye.