AFTER we remove the log or beam or whatever synonym we find for what's lodging in our own eyes and blinding us to ourselves and our own faults,
THEN we can see clearly to remove that speck, fleck, mote, or whatever synonym we find in someone else's eye, including a pointed finger!
As we consider verse 39 in that same chapter asking its infamous rhetorical question, "Can the blind lead the blind?" we see that the physically blind are not the best guides for other visually impaired people. Likewise, we can see how the spiritually blind just aren't good, reliable, trustworthy guides for the spiritually blind.
In this current environment of unnaturally huge disasters erupting from all four natural elements (earth, fire, water, air) and the disruptive tendencies of individuals and leaders around the world, we need to be able to discern what God wants from us, for us, and for others.
Everything will be made clear in God's time and timing, but as Christians we need to be ready to do our part. How? Now! By being prayerfully honest with ourselves, we can see what's hindering us from loving others.
Then we can see clearly without prejudice, bias, fears, worries, grudges, hurtful experiences, or false expectations distorting our views.
Then we can see clearly to identify the actual problems confronting us, individually and corporately.
Then we can see clearer solutions, prayer practices, and acts of Christian kindness that will help to effect change and help to guide others into God's Kingdom in the power of Jesus' Name.