“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?” Matthew 7:3 NIV
READ: Matthew 7:1-12
I had a lady call asking me what she should do. It seems she had ‘tried’ a dozen different churches and found they were all full of “judgmental attendees.” She complained that not one church had the spirit of JESUS. She seemed to ignore the fact that she in her observations could be as judgmental as those she witnessed.
How about you? Are you ever critical or do you set in judgement of others?
Ultimate judgment is for GOD alone. When we set in judgment of others, we need to judge with compassion. Judgment as a discernment is necessary and is a great gift from GOD. Discernment is something that most of us don’t have enough. Yet, critical judgment is dangerous.
You probably know someone who it seems is always critical. They always know more than anyone else and always have to get the last word in on any subject. You can find them armchair coaching Sunday afternoon’s football game when they can’t even throw a football, arguing with their bullying son’s teacher or mumbling to others about what their pastor preached.
Luke 6:37 mirrors JESUS’ words of Matthew in our daily reading above. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
It is so very simply written, how could we mess it up? But we do.
When you hear someone being critical, reach out to them. Often, the one most critical of others is one whom is most unhappy with themselves. Be less critical and more forgiving of others and of yourself.
Today, think before you speak. Ask yourself…”Me, critical?”
Today’s Prayer: “JESUS MY LORD, Thank you for forgiving me when I am critical and judge others. Help me today to take the plank from my eye rather than complain about others. Amen.”