Have you ever caught yourself mentally criticizing someone else and you immediately remembered that very fault you’re seeing in someone else is similar to a fault in your own life?
What if you’re ready to judge someone when you suddenly realize they’re dealing with a sin you once had to overcome? We sometimes make swift and hurtful thoughts, and in those times we quickly stop and pray: “Oh, Lord! That was me not so very long ago. How could I have so easily forgotten what it’s like?
But God has a plan! His plan is for all of us who have found His love and freedom from sin to walk alongside with those still struggling. That’s a huge turnaround from our natural way of “wagging” our tongues in judgment. When we let love and compassion move us to action, that’s when we are imitating Christ’s actions.
So whenever you find yourself looking out of the window in judgment of others, turn back to the mirror and see who you are. Oh, and I’ll tell you that the mirror has a memory, and it ain’t pretty. It can remind you of who you once were. That revelation will end all judging and fill you with compassion for the ones on the other side of the window.
“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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:3-5
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