Today’s Think About This comes from Jesus and William Penn and it’s about judging others.  

Jesus, in Matthew, tells us that if we judge others, we’ll be judged as well and with the same measurement system.   And when it comes to being critical of others, Jesus asks how we can be so hypocritical to do so when we do some of the very same things: “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?” (Matt 7:4-5)

More than a thousand years later, William Penn didn’t exactly call us hypocrites for doing so, but he still made the point when he said it like this:   “Nothing shows our weakness more than to be so sharp sighted at spying other men’s faults; and so purblind about our own.”

I know I’ve made this mistake in the past and with dreadful consequences that in many ways I still have yet to realize.  Sadly and admittedly, there are some who I still do this about.

Take Away

In your prayers this morning, on the way home from or to work today, etc., think about the people in your life who you are still piously judging and how you need to stop.  To some measure, we all do this, whether it’s with a boss, a co-worker, “friend,” child, parent, spouse, and then there’s the especially wide-opened playing field of ex spouses.

None of us is perfect.  None of those whom we seem so pre-occupied with, whether it be out of spite, jealousy, or just natural angst toward someone, need our own special mix of criticisms.  And like Jesus said, don’t each of us have enough of our own to pray over already?

Who do you need to stop judging today and forgive for whatever it causes you to be judgmental of them?  Who is being critical and judgmental of you?  Can you forgive them for this today and take a positive step away from the pain they are casting upon you?  Trust me, when you do, you’ll feel all the better.

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