Do not be harsh on others. Remember that we, too, were typically foolish; we were stubborn and indifferent to spiritual things, our addiction to the central and sexual kept us running around in circles, we were engaged in malice and spiteful jealousies, we were bored and lonely, often utterly disliking ourselves and hating one another! (Mirror Bible)
Are you loving with the love of God?
Do you sometimes find yourself evaluating someone else’s life, picking out their flaws, indiscretions and mistakes? Do you find yourself being really critical? In actuality being judgmental. It’s a terrible thing. This is yet another trap from the devil. Don’t fall into it. Remember who you used to be and how you used to act. Not so the enemy can torment you, but for a reality check. Though you may think so, everything you did and everything you said, did not come up smelling like roses. Before Jesus, and a time or two after Jesus, you probably did some of the same things you are judging someone else for doing. You said little ugly things and you stirred up foolishness. Not because you necessarily wanted to, not even because you tried to, but because you didn’t have control over yourself nor the consequences of your actions. The trick of the enemy is to judge; the power of Christ is to love.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, in the name of Jesus, forgive me for being judgmental and critical. Forgive me for not remembering, or pretending to forget, the person I used to be. You found me, rescued me and drew me closer to You. You showed me who I was, but, more importantly, You showed me who You designed me to be. You changed me and are continuing to change me. Though I might be proud of who I am today, I know I am not the finished product. You are still working on me and I am grateful. I know You are doing the same in others. I’m not sure what made me think I could see the behind-the-scenes work You’re doing. It is a wonderful thing You keep that work hidden. I am so sorry for putting myself in a place of judgment. Please Father, continue to prick me when I lose my compassion. I want to show love. I pray You can use me to be a bridge to the restoration You have provided for others just like You did for me…