Today’s Inspiration: “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.” Matthew 7:1-2. Jesus began His teaching after the disciples learnt to pray and the first lesson was to open the eyes of their hearts before their eyes for ministry. It is always easy to complain, criticise, and condemn others but difficult to see one’s own sin, wrongs, and shortcomings.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10. “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 7:3-5. A true Christian is one who knows he or she is a sinner saved by grace, and likewise extend God’s grace to others, loving one another.
Prayer: O Lord my God, let me not judge with my eyes or mouth but discern by your spirit and grace with humility and gentleness. Forgive me of my past judgements, complains and criticisms, and give me your words of edification, exhortation, and comfort, in Jesus' Name, Amen.