Are you willing to look within yourself and examine your motives and feelings? Jesus asked those who gathered to stone the woman caught in adultery, to think about their own sins and if they found they were without sin to cast the first stone. After reflection they all turned away and Jesus was left with alone with the woman. He told her to go and leave her life of sin. (John 8:7-11) Jesus turned their judgmental hearts by having them examine their own hearts and look at their own sin. While standing in judgement over the woman, they realized they were guilty too and needed to turn away from judgement.
How about you? I know I am sometimes to quick to judge others and should have given them grace, sought to find out why they acted as they did or faced them with forgiveness in my heart. If I understand Jesus’ example, He wants me to look at my own sinfulness and pay attention to setting my own things right with Him. He wants me reflective, repentant, open and humble not judgmental, close minded, arrogant or self-righteous. Here is averse to meditate on today as you think reflectively. Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart bevpleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Prayer: Lord, help me to see others through your eyes and not through my own judgment. Holy Spirit give me a reflective spirit that is willing to listen to your guidance and uncover sin within my life. Give me strength to speak and act in a way that is pleasing to you and uplifting to those around me. Amen.
Seeking to please Him,