Scripture: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “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? Matthew 7:1-4 NIV
Observation: Jesus explains how we often see the very faults in others that we are most guilty of ourselves.
Application: The problem with being judgmental is…well, mainly, Jesus said not to do it. Aside from that small little detail, quite often when we critique, criticize, or judge other’s actions and motives we ourselves are usually guilty of doing the very things we are being judgmental about. That’s exactly what Jesus said in verses 3 & 4 of Matthew 7. Actually as I’m writing this I realize that I am just trying to restate Christ’s words. I really don’t think I can say it any better than he did in Matthew 7. Therefore, suffice it to say, Jesus said “don’t judge.” When you do you are very often judging behavior you, yourself are guilty of committing.
Prayer: Father, help me to not judge others. Mainly because you told me not to but also because my complaints about others are usually complaints about my behavior or attitude. Help me Lord. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen