"Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor."
I think many of us have heard this verse before, most likely in a different version, but i liked the message version the most. I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about judging others. I brought up this verse saying this verse says not to judge others, that it’s not our place and he said the verse says to first fix yourself first and then you are fit to judge others for their wrong doings. I wasnt exactly sure what to say next, but after i thought about it i realized perhaps that is what the verse is saying, but when are we ever going to be done fixing ourselves? Sure, we grow everyday and overcome temptations and move on from our past, but that doesnt mean that we are ever done growing, or done learning.I think that if a friend comes to us and asks for us to help them with their struggles and temptations, that is something different, then we can help them in love. But we will never be perfect, we’ll never be flawless, there will never be a time that comes that we can say “Well, i have fixed and perfected everything about myself, so now i will tell others what they need to make right.” That’s never going to happen, we will always be a work in progress because God will NEVER be done working in us. And that’s fine with me personally, i don’t want to ever get to a point where i feel i possibly cant grow anymore, i dont ever want to become the most i can ever be, i dont ever want to not need God to work in me more. If we think we are flawless and we’ve already fixed everything we need to fix in ourselves, then what would we need God for anymore? He will never be done working in us as long as we continue to remain humble and teachable.
I know i talk about judging quite often, but its because i am passionate about giving each person an equal chance to be looked at as a beautiful being that God loves passionately. Do i judge? Yes, i do… i’m human. I try to be conscious of my actions and my thoughts, i hold myself responsible for them and then i try to do better the next day! I don’t write these blogs to make you feel convicted, i write them because it is what i’m learning and i want to be held accountable. :)