Haunted By Your Words
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things” -Romans 2:1
Have you ever yelled at someone, a parent, sibling, maybe your kids for something they did or neglected to do, then notice you do the same thing?
It might be clothes on the floor. You have told the kids at least a hundred times to clean up their mess, but they never seem to listen. Imagine this scenario: You have an appointment and you woke up late. You scrounge through your clothes to find something to wear and leave everything you have tried on laying on the bed and decide you will deal with it later when you get home. Later in the day, when the frenzy has subsided, you discovered a mom-sized pile of clothing that needs to be hung back up.
Your mind protests – there were mitigating circumstances; it’s me who cleans it up anyway – but still you have done what you expected others not to do. And your words come back to haunt you. Which could lead me to write another devotion on leading by example. :)
Back on target...there have been many times I have said something to someone and then the Holy Spirit recalls a time in my mind when I have done the same thing. I then find myself apologizing and confessing I have done the same thing and am just as guilty. You see, not only are there times we fail to live up to God’s righteous standard, we can’t even live up to our own expectations. When you speak a word of judgment against a friend’s selfish behavior, someone’s attitude, forgetfulness, every time we find a sibling guilty of offense; every time we accuse our spouse of insensitivity; we condemn ourselves, because sooner or later we are guilty of that very thing.
Do you judge others? Is it easy for you to find fault with those around you? If so, Your spiritual life is in danger. A critical attitude can hinder your walk with God and distract you from God's purposes for your life. "Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living in peace"- Ephesians 4:2,3.
Recognize that judging others only leads to our own condemnation and seek God for His mercy because your words will come back to haunt you.
Father God, forgive me for judging others. Save me, I cannot do what is right on my own. Amen.