AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE,
I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM.
Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner. James 5:9
When things go wrong, we tend to blame others or our circumstances. In Genesis 3:11-13, God said to Adam, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” Adam replied, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.” Then God said to Eve, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”
Blaming others is easier than owning our share of the responsibility, but it can be both destructive and sinful. Before we judge others for their shortcomings we need to remember Christ will come to evaluate our character and behaviors.
Matthew 7:1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. “
In Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus tells us when we pick on the shortcomings of others it has a habit of ‘boomeranging’ It is not our responsibility to judge others – it is our responsibility to take responsibility for our failures in our relationships with others.
Matthew 25:31-33 “When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.”
God will separate the obedient from pretenders and unbelievers. The real evidence of our belief is the way we act. The way we treat others demonstrates what we really think about Jesus’ words to us: . How well do your actions separate you from pretenders and unbelievers?
We all have faults. None of us is perfect. The Bible tells us anyone who thinks they are only fools themselves. Because we all have faults we should learn to respond to the faults of others with mercy and patience. The same way God responds to ours. We also need to learn when we do start getting judgemental to examine our motives for our feelings.
If we examine our motives and feel that someone really is traveling down the wrong road then we need to judge according to God’s standards, not our own.
God is watching everything we do in our lives and when He needs to He will correct us.
- How are you going with your daily spiritual check-ups?
Prayer: Lord help me today to judge others and do daily spiritual check-ups on myself regularly.