Matthew 7:3 “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?” NIV
Every morning I clean up the manure in the corral. I use a short rake and a large shovel for picking it up and tossing it into either a sled or a wagon for hauling, depending upon the season. This morning as I was going about this daily chore, my shovel was very full as I began carrying it back to the sled which meant negotiating an icy incline. As I was carefully making my way down the slope it crossed my mind that if I slipped and fell backwards there would be a backlash as the contents on the shovel would fly up and backward into the air ending up all over me! What a thought and what a laugh I had as I considered the consequence of this possible scenario. I wasn’t laughing however as my next thought lead me to consider what happens to those who judge others unfairly.
“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.” Matthew 7:1-2 NIV It can be very easy for us as human beings to judge others: how they look, spend their money, speak, act or believe. And in judging, we may also become guilty of falling into yet another sin, the habit of the sin of gossiping to others concerning what we feel are our own righteous judgements against these people. For most of us like to bolster our own self confidence and opinions by having others agree with us.
So beware. For as we judge so shall we be judged. Judging others is much like the icy slope I was navigating this morning, it only takes one slip to have the manure you have been slinging at others to come flying back into your own face.
Prayer: Father God, help us to choose kind and caring thoughts towards others, especially those who are different from ourselves, those who choose other paths that we may not agree with. May we be merciful and patient and wise, loving and accepting others for who they are, just as You love and accept us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Lynne Phipps Atlin, B.C.