June 24, 2022

Bob Maas
"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? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:1-5
"Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you-who are you to judge your neighbor?"
James 4:11-12
One of the recurring problems I have to overcome is making judgments against others and events that are happening. I have opinions and thoughts about so many things of which I have very limited information. These conclusions happen so fast that there is no way they are coming from my rational thinking.
When I try to make sense of why this occurs, God is faithful to remind me that I am overstepping my responsibility and there are too many issues in my own life that I need to address before taking on the drama of others.
The faults I observe in others are only a small reflection of something that He is wanting to correct in me. Keeping my own life in order is my first priority and I know I can’t do that very well when my focus is on the faults of others.
I pray that God will continually help me to be an encourager instead of a fault-finder.