judging others

"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?" — Luke 6:41

Whether we admit it or not, we judge others. Maybe it's how they look ("just how many tattoos does a person need?") or their political leaning ("How can you call yourself a Christian and vote for a president from that party?"). Sometimes we pigeonhole others because of an accent ("What an ignorant hillbilly!") or an achievement of some kind ("Mr. Smarty Pants thinks he's better than everyone else because of his PhD.")

Our Father God urges us not to judge others in this way. After all, He doesn't look at our outward appearance. He doesn't pay attention to our political affiliation or anything else in our lives that is open to interpretation. He looks at the heart and judges by whether we have a personal relationship with Him.

In Luke 6:41, Jesus reminds us through His sawdust/plank analogy that none of us are blameless. It's important to put our own shortcomings into perspective when we face the temptation to judge others. Today, work on removing the plank from your eye and praise God for His gift of grace!

Let's pray:

God, please forgive me for the times that I have judged others. Help me to develop a gentle spirit that can share Your love and hope in a nonjudgmental way. Amen.