Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
(Matthew 7:3-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible ©®)
Imagine a person who has become annoyed by another person’s behavior. The way the offended person describes the offender’s actions is not likely to be with the same level of concern or terminology they would use if they were, instead, describing the offender suffering from the presence of a foreign object in one of their eyes.
If your observations and vocalizations regarding others’ failures would not be met with trusting submission by the offender to your offer “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” you may have a log preventing your perspective of their offense, and you may not have very effective ministry to them as you offer your advice for their improvement.